# [OS X TeX] Page size, using plain, TeX and Ghostscript

Stephen Moye stephenmoye at cox.net
Tue May 11 17:52:34 EDT 2004

```That is actually what I thought. I tried some experioments with the
\special{papersize=11in,17in} mechanism and it does work in part, but
the TeXShop preview continues to show a letter-size (ie default) page.
The contents of the page move up and down according to the size given
in the \special. Adding to my confusion is this from the TeXShop
"What's New":

Printing now respects the "scale" setting in Page Setup. It does not
respect the  "paper size" setting since paper size is set in teTeX.

That looked to be saying that there is some way to communicate with
teTex just what the page size is.

S

On May 11, 2004, at 5:23 PM, William F. Adams wrote:

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> On Tuesday, May 11, 2004, at 05:10  PM, Stephen Moye wrote:
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>> How do I communicate to teTeX (I'm using plain TeX, with TeX and
>> Ghostscript) the fact that I want to use, say, legal/landscape paper
>> instead of the default letter. Or specify an arbitrary page size in
>> place of the default letter size.
>
> TeX has no concept of pagesize more or less.
>
> You need to pass the pagesize information using the special mechanism
> on to Ghostscript by way of dvips --- check the docs for that.
>
> William
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