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?


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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