[OS X TeX] Card Format
schremmer.alain at gmail.com
Wed May 6 16:12:07 EDT 2009
On May 6, 2009, at 3:55 PM, David Watson wrote:
> On May 6, 2009, at 2:23 PM, Alain Schremmer wrote:
>> Is there a way to get something like the following look for each
>> single page of a book? (Hence the name "card format")? The idea is
>> that the outer lines are always on the margins and the inner lines
>> can be changed to accommodate the contents of the boxes.
> I know it's apples and oranges, but I always liked the kinds of
> textbooks that provided something like the following
> ---- begin demo ----
> | Example: given the two functions whose rules are...
> | ...elaboration of example
> | Solution: to compute fog(x), evaluate f(x)
> | ...elaboration of solution
> 3) ...
> ---- end demo ----
> There would be a bar to the left of the example and solution, then
> exercises would follow.
> This would be simple enough using a self-rolled environment, along
> with an appropriately placed \vrule
If I can't do it any other way, that is what I will do.
> I know this isn't what you are looking for, but it keeps the flow
> going linearly, instead of breaking up the natural flow of text.
With so-called "developmental students", it seems that the format of
the attached sample works better: going horizontally from "Example"
to "Solution" and then vertically through the two or three
"exercises" while looking up for "help and inspiration".
In any case, I am pretty sure that it is important that things be
well delineated in boxes. You might call that a "focussing device".
> I think this helps when it comes to challenged students who have a
> hard time following instructions.
As far as I can see, it isn't so much that as the fact that they
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