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RE: Is recto/verso always odd/even (not page numbering related)

From: Mario Madunic <Mario_Madunic@newflyer.com>
Date: Fri, 24 Sep 2010 06:03:55 -0500
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Thanks Tony for the insight.

After having read a few older posts and a message from Eric A, I've come to this conclusion (and please correct me if I'm wrong). That right/left and recto/verso are not the same as odd/even. Odd/even has more to do with the page number of the current page than whether it is on the left or right page.

Is my assumption correct?

Marijan (Mario) Madunic
Publishing Specialist
New Flyer Industries

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From: www-xsl-fo-request@w3.org [mailto:www-xsl-fo-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Tony Graham
Sent: Friday, September 24, 2010 4:48 AM
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Subject: Re: Is recto/verso always odd/even (not page numbering related)

On Thu, September 23, 2010 1:07 pm, Mario Madunic wrote:
> Was curious if recto/verso is always odd/even in FO? It might be a silly
> question but are there times when even could be recto?

It could.

The XSL 1.1 spec doesn't use the term 'recto', but the OED defines it as
either the right-hand side page or the front of a piece of paper, so
there's multiple ways that the answer could be "yes".

You might start with the first page on the back of the title page or cover
(common in children's picture books, though that's not known to be a
hotbed of XSL formatting AFAICT), and Japanese books set with vertical
writing mode [1] have even-numbered pages on the right-hand side of a
spread (though the Requirements for Japanese Text Layout document uses
"recto" in the sense of being the front of the paper).


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[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/jlreq/#en-subheading1_3_2

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