I would like to typeset a book where the odd/even pages have the same format: each has a long text section on the left and a place to put small marginal notes on the right. If necessary, I want the environments for tables/code in the text to be able to expand into this right margin.

But, I would like to get the standard odd/even page headers for chapters/sections.

  • Are you using a specific document class (please tell us what it is), or would you like suggestions? Commented Jul 3, 2012 at 11:15

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The KOMA-Script classes offer the class option twoside=semi:

  • Left/right margins and positioning of marginal notes match that of twoside=false (oneside for the standard classes);

  • Header/footer content/positioning match that of twoside=true (twoside for the standard classes).






Some text.\marginpar{First marginal note} \lipsum[1-6]

Some text.\marginpar{Second marginal note} \lipsum[7-12]

  • Koma-Script FTW :-)
    – raphink
    Commented Aug 21, 2012 at 8:36

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