# [OS X TeX] headers and footers

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Sun Apr 10 04:13:38 EDT 2005

Le 10 avr. 05, à 08:50, Bruno Voisin a écrit :

> Le 10 avr. 05, à 01:09, lichtner a écrit :
>
>> \parbox worked! Except for one little problem: I wanted the first
>> line in the footer to be left justified and the second line (the
>> date) right justified. I tried using \hfill on the second line but it
>> didn't take effect. I am trying to mimic a msword.doc format for a
>> conference proceedings, but maybe I am close enough.
>
> Tabular environments are one way to get specific alignments in LaTeX,
> without having to specify the width in advance (contrary to \parbox).
> Try something like:
> [...]

On second thought: my solution won't help for getting lines the width
of the page. Actually the only significant problem in your solution is
\hfill: \hfill is synonymous to \hspace{\fill}, and for inserting
horizontal space that isn't removed at the beginning or end of lines
you must replace it by \hspace*{\fill}.

Here's something which I think should work. There are two solutions,
one using {tabular} and the other \parbox which is probably all the
better as it's simpler (and {tabular} also has problems mixing with
normal text, as the way interline skip is created in {tabular} -- by
inserting struts -- is different from the way that it is created in
normal text). here are the solutions:

\documentclass[a4paper,12pt]{article}

% For avoiding overfull \hbox'es
\newlength{\boxedlinewidth}
\setlength{\boxedlinewidth}{\linewidth}

\begin{document}

\centering

\fbox{%
\begin{tabular}{@{}p{\boxedlinewidth}@{}}
left-aligned line: words, words, words to go \\
\hfill centered line \hspace*{\fill} \\
\hfill right-aligned line
\end{tabular}%
}

\fbox{%
\parbox{\boxedlinewidth}{
left-aligned line: words, words, words to go \\
\hspace*{\fill}centered line \hspace*{\fill} \\
\hspace*{\fill}right-aligned line
}%
}

\end{document}

Bruno Voisin
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