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Do You Write Past The Right Hand Margin?

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Poll: Do You Write Past The Right Hand Margin? (78 member(s) have cast votes)

Where do you stop writing?

  1. The margin (39 votes [50.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 50.00%

  2. The end of the paper (39 votes [50.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 50.00%

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#41 Sandy1



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Posted 11 June 2016 - 04:02



For the stuff I write that's work-related I leave margins wide enough for marginalia and footnotes; and also work single-sided. Those measures leave me lots of room so that I can add stuff later on as needs be, hence avoid 'tipping in' pages which is frowned upon.


For personal writing, I make an effort to leave margins wide enough for comfortable handling of the sheet, so that if I happen to be using a less than robust ink it will not be smudged nor transferred to the readers' fingers; and avoid hyphenation. (I doubt that anyone adds marginalia etc. to my correspondence.)





​__ EDIT to add: Kindly consider what I call the 'tyranny of the page'. To give me a blank bit of paper is just a start - a landscape sheet from an A4 can evolve to an A3. Lots of room to roam. :) I welcome a blank A0; and more than a few of my friends have received personal letters written on a few such large sheets, rather than a sheaf of A4s. No origami was involved, just the ISO standard for folding. Perhaps the recipients thought, "Crikey mate, what's wrong with a post card? We don't need to paper the ceiling"

Edited by Sandy1, 11 June 2016 - 11:14.

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#42 ac12


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Posted 11 June 2016 - 05:02

Depending on the paper, but generally I write as far to the right as I can.
In fact on some paper, I write past the left margin also.
Why waste paper. No one else cares that I ignore the margin lines.

Edited by ac12, 11 June 2016 - 05:03.

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Posted 11 June 2016 - 09:42

For personal use, I guess no harm done to be economical and not run out of journals too soon. But I imagine for students in school, they should leave the margin for the teachers' comments.

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