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Subject DO NOT REPLY [Bug 118542] New: Top and Bottom Margins are Merged when Printing
Date Sat, 22 Oct 2011 19:33:26 GMT
https://issues.apache.org/ooo/show_bug.cgi?id=118542

             Bug #: 118542
        Issue Type: DEFECT
           Summary: Top and Bottom Margins are Merged when Printing
    Classification: Application
           Product: Word processor
           Version: OOo 3.3
          Platform: PC
        OS/Version: Windows XP
            Status: UNCONFIRMED
          Severity: major
          Priority: P5
         Component: printing
        AssignedTo: writerneedsconfirm@openoffice.org
        ReportedBy: pspemail@earthlink.net
                CC: ooo-issues@incubator.apache.org


I print a monthly report for myself and my brother every month concerning joint
expenses on the house we own. I print it on a dot-matrix printer, a Panasonic
KX-P1624.

One of the peculiaritis of this printer is that, when using the tractor, paper
positioned by the printer starts printing about 3/4" from the top of the page
(manual positioning can change this, but is quite tedious). However, this is
only true of the first page: subsequent pages can begin printing at the top of
the page without manual positioning.

This causes endless problems with most print programs: either the text has an
extra top margin, or the text migrates because the print program believes the
page to be shorter that it actually is. 

As might be imagined, OOo's ability to link styles is very helpful in this
situation: the first page uses a style called "Letter Panasonic First Page".
This pretends that the page is 10.25" high with no top margin and a 3/4" bottom
margin. It also prints correctly: the actual page has a 3/4" margin at both top
and bottom.

This style is linked to the style "Letter Panasonic", which admits that the
page is actually 11" and which specifies 3/4" margins at both top and bottom.
This worked properly prior to OOo 3.3 -- OOo 3.2, for example, produced
documents whose second and third pages had margins at both top and bottom --
but OOo 3.3 starts the text 1.5" from the top of the page and ends it at the
very bottom. It is as if the margins are being merged and applied solely to the
top of the page.

I chose "major" because I regard this as a major embarassment. Of course, if it
only affects dot matrix printers, then this may not be "major" from the
viewpoint of users in general. On the other hand, if this were happening in a
business context, I would call it "critical", since the appearance of a
document is very important in that context.

I have tried fixing this, but not recently. As I recall, OOo was claiming that
the margins were larger than the page length when, of course, two margins
totalling 1.5" cannot possibly be larger than a page length of 11". This may,
or may not, be helpful to you.

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