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I have just noticed that the geometry package default ratio between top and bottom margins is 2:3 rather than 1:1 (i.e., vmarginratio=2:3). Can anybody explain what’s the reason for this choice of default values (if any)? Is it recommended to change it?

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In general the bottom margin is larger than the top margin. My A Few Notes on Book Design (> texdoc memdesign) provides examples of over 30 page designs, the earliest dating from 1559, on pages 32 onwards. The 2:3 ration is reasonable.

You can of course change it but I suggest that as you have asked about the ratio you don't change it until you are more aware of the typographic history of page design. --- GOM

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