# [OS X TeX] Floating table in landscape orientaton results in a half empty page

David Watson dewatson at mac.com
Mon Feb 18 08:13:12 EST 2008

Someone (I wish I could give credit where credit is due) posted the
following to this list a while back, note the final commented line.

% Alter some LaTeX defaults for better treatment of figures:
% See p.105 of "TeX Unbound" for suggested values.
% See pp. 199-200 of Lamport's "LaTeX" book for details.
% General parameters, for ALL pages:
\renewcommand{\topfraction}{0.9}       % max fraction of floats at top
\renewcommand{\bottomfraction}{0.8}    % max fraction of floats at
bottom
% Parameters for TEXT pages (not float pages):
\setcounter{topnumber}{2}
\setcounter{bottomnumber}{2}
\setcounter{totalnumber}{4}     % 2 may work better
\setcounter{dbltopnumber}{2}    % for 2-column pages
\renewcommand{\dbltopfraction}{0.9}    % fit big float above 2-col.
text
\renewcommand{\textfraction}{0.07}     % allow minimal text w. figs
% Parameters for FLOAT pages (not text pages):
\renewcommand{\floatpagefraction}{0.7} % require fuller float pages
% N.B.: floatpagefraction MUST be less than topfraction !!
\renewcommand{\dblfloatpagefraction}{0.7}      % require fuller
float pages
% remember to use [htp] or [htpb] for placement

On Feb 18, 2008, at 5:16 AM, Olga Lyashevskaya wrote:

> Dear all,
>
> I experience difficulties with floating table. This table has a
> landscape orientation and occupies the whole page.  When I refer to
> it, it is placed on a new page immediately after the \ref and there
> are just two words on the current. What is strange is that this page
> is not filled with the text which appears after the  table.
> ---------------------------
> \begin{landscape}
>  \begin{table}[tbp]
>  \centering
>  \setlength{\abovecaptionskip}{0pt}
>   \setlength{\belowcaptionskip}{5pt}
>     ...
>  \end{table}
>  \end{landscape}
> --------------------
> On the next page there is also a figure, maybe it is the reason as
> figures and tables are placed in the specific order?
>
> Moreover I tried to override some default settings by:
>
> -------------------
> \renewcommand{\floatpagefraction}{0.7}
> \renewcommand{\topfraction}{0.9}
> \renewcommand{\bottomfraction}{0.8}
> \renewcommand{\textfraction}{0.07}
> \setcounter{totalnumber}{4}
> \setcounter{topnumber}{2}
> \setcounter{bottomnumber}{2}
> --------------------
> But it doesn't seem to work.
>
> To summarize, now I have one page which contains just 2 words and a
> table on the next page followed by some text.
>
> Any suggestions?
>
> Regards,
> Olga
>
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