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    Recto-Verso and blank pages (2000 SP-3)

    We regularly post Word Docs on our private web-site for third parties to download. We have been getting complaints from some who print recto verso that they have to insert blank pages before it will print properly <img src=/S/bouncenburn.gif border=0 alt=bouncenburn width=31 height=31> but when we insert the pages ourselves we get complaints from others who don't print recto verso that they are getting blank pages. <img src=/S/confused.gif border=0 alt=confused width=15 height=20>

    It occurs to me that one of the loungers may know of a solution to this age-old challenge (if that is what it is). Can anyone help <img src=/S/please.gif border=0 alt=please width=31 height=23>

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    Re: Recto-Verso and blank pages (2000 SP-3)

    I don't know the cause of or a solution for your problem, but have you considered converting the docs to PDF?

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    Re: Recto-Verso and blank pages (2000 SP-3)

    Hi Hans.
    Originally we did publish as PDF but our users wanted word files, for lots of very good reasons.

    But wouldn't you end up with the same result with PDF - either no blank verso pages for the RVs or extra blank pages for the NRVs?

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    Re: Recto-Verso and blank pages (2000 SP-3)

    >> But wouldn't you end up with the same result with PDF?

    Frankly, I don't know, but in general PDF files have fewer problems when printed in different settings than Word documents.

    But let's hope that somebody else comes up with a solution for Word. <img src=/S/crossfingers.gif border=0 alt=crossfingers width=17 height=16>

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    Re: Recto-Verso and blank pages (2000 SP-3)

    I'm not sure I understand "Recto-Verso." Is this was would be called "duplex" on HP printers, simply printing a job on both sides of the paper? I guess not exactly, since that's basically automatic with the print driver... or so I have been led to believe. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Recto-Verso and blank pages (2000 SP-3)

    Hi Jefferson,
    I hadn't realised that this term wasn't commonly used in the excited states.

    Yes recto-verso is printing on both sides of a sheet of paper. There are times when you want a section or chapter to always begin printing on the right hand page regardless of which page the previous section or chapter finished.

    As mentioned you can 'fix' this by manually adding page breaks (or blank pages) but since we have both duplex and non-duplex users what's good for the goose really makes the ganders angry.

    Any ideas?

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    Re: Recto-Verso and blank pages (2000 SP-3)

    Without testing, I wonder whether you could set up the document with Odd Page section breaks to start each new chapter, but supply a macro to change them to ordinary Next Page section breaks for those printing only on one side of the page. Section breaks can be squirrelly, so I don't know if this is possible.

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    Re: Recto-Verso and blank pages (2000 SP-3)

    It's been a while since I tried but I've never been able to get the Odd/Even section breaks to work. But that was a different version, and a long long time ago (at least 6 months). I recall I was trying to have it print to a .pdf file (using distiller) with an odd section break. I'll try some tests.

    I've also been reluctant to include a macro as the end-users are <img src=/S/nope.gif border=0 alt=nope width=15 height=15> NOT <img src=/S/nope.gif border=0 alt=nope width=15 height=15> power users <img src=/S/compute.gif border=0 alt=compute width=40 height=20> <img src=/S/exclamation.gif border=0 alt=exclamation width=15 height=15> and some would panic when the see the 'this document has macros attached and probably will run of with your first born child' warning message.

    If I went down that road I would want make it as automatic as possible but I don't think there is any way of detecting the duplex settings of the user's default printer. <img src=/S/hmmn.gif border=0 alt=hmmn width=15 height=15> or is there <img src=/S/question.gif border=0 alt=question width=15 height=15>

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