Setting Up a Simple Layout

A new partition contains a layout consisting of a number of default page types. When you compose your data each page of the output will be laid out using the 1 column page type (unless you have created mappings that change the page type).

To change the layout, open the layout editor by selecting Page Layout ... from the Workstation Format menu, or by typing Ctrl+L. You will see the 1 column page type displayed. By making changes to this page type you can alter the appearance of your publication.

You can test the layout at any time by saving it and composing the data (select the main TopLeaf window and select Compose from the Workstation Commands menu or type Ctrl+T).

If the you don’t like the way the composed data looks, you can select Undo last save from the Layout Editor File menu to revert to the previous version of the layout (you can only go back one version this way).

The first thing to change is the size of the paper you will be using. Select one of the sizes from the drop-down list at the top of the Page tab:

(see “Paper Sizes” for information on using non-standard paper sizes).

Select either portrait or landscape orientation using the radio buttons below the paper size.

Now define the page margins by changing the size and position of the print area. This is a rectangular region of the page within which all printing will occur. To select the print area, click the mouse in the light gray area around the edge of the page picture:

A dotted red line will appear around the print area region when it is selected. To change the print area, you can either hold down the Ctrl key and drag its edges or enter the margin values directly into the fields in the right part of the window:

(make sure the Print Area tab is selected). See “Changing Block Dimensions” for more information about changing the size and position of blocks.

Next choose the area of the page that will contain the main text by adjusting the size of the data area. Click in the yellow rectangle to select the data area, then change its size and/or position as for the print area. (Make sure the Data tab is selected; if you can’t make changes, it may be because the data block is selected instead of the data area.)

Finally, adjust the fixed blocks as required. The default layout defines two fixed blocks for the header and footer material, as well as two fixed rules to separate the header and footer from the main text.

To change what is displayed in the header and footer, you need to use Header & Footer mappings described in the mapping guide. Initially, the footer displays the page number while the header is empty. You could, for example, enter the publication name in the header content.

[Note] Note

If you have changed the content names of any fixed blocks you must save your layout before these names appear in the Header & Footer mappings.

You can change the size and position of the header and footer by selecting it and changing the block as described above. To change formatting options such as font and alignment, refer to the Header & Footer mapping documentation.

If you do not want to display a rule for the header and/or footer, select the appropriate fixed rule and remove it by selecting Remove block from the Edit menu. To change the weight (i.e. thickness) of a rule, select it and change its Height value in the right part of the window.