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

Ross Moore ross at ics.mq.edu.au
Thu Feb 21 06:27:14 EST 2008

On 20/02/2008, at 10:50 PM, Denis Chabot wrote:

> Hi,
> I have not seen all the posts in this thread, but has anyone  
> suggested using the package "orienting" instead. In this case, the  
> table would be produced with
> \begin{sidewaystable}
> I usually use this to make landscape figures and tables.

It may well be more appropriate for Olga.

> Once this method did not work, I think because my landscape table  
> took several pages, and I used the landscape environnement. I think  
> I had to manually pad the page before the figure, just as Olga  
> describes. But I don't think this is true with orienting, although  
> I did not have the time to test before replying.
> One thing I liked about the landscape environnement though is that  
> when the document is viewed on screen with Skim, Preview or  
> Acrobat, the page is actually rotated so you don't need to hurt  
> your neck reading the document or to manually change orientation.  
> This is not done with orienting package.

This is what {landscape} is designed for.
It modifies the "output routine" to achieve this.
Namely it sets wide material rotated to fit on a portrait
page, when printed. But it also declares that page to be
rotated to landscape orientation ...

> This nice touch can turn against you, however, as my document  
> printed correctly only with Acrobat. Skim (I don't remember  
> Preview) printed all the pages in portrait, cutting off the sides  
> of my landscape table...

... within a PDF-viewer that supports it.

It first finishes the current page, then outputs the special page,
then continues. There is no aspect that resembles floating.

It could have ben done differently, but isn't.

> Denis

Hope this helps,


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