I am looking for the rules for the exact formatting (the visual look) of the Chumash. I thought I was interested in the Torah Scroll, but it turns out that I'm actually looking for info on the Book format.

Questions about formatting.

  • Are there page numbers?
  • What are these whitespace spans and how large are they and where are they placed / what are they separating?
  • How tall is the text (in pixels or inches or millimeters)?
  • How many characters can fit on one line / are allowed to be on one line?
  • How big is the whitespace between words?
  • What font most closely resembles it, is it ShlomoStam? Or are there better fonts?
  • Is there anything but the main Torah text (verse numbers, book titles, etc.)?
  • Is the text slanted (italics-like)?
  • Is it entirely in black, or are there shades of gray?
  • Anything else of interest visually that I missed?

This offers some insight. This offers none.

I think I am wondering about Tikkun Soferim, but not sure.

For example, what are these large whitespaces and what are they modelled on?

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    This might be too broad, and contain too many separate questions, to be appropriate for this site.
    – magicker72
    Nov 6 '19 at 2:32
  • It's not that all my subquestions must be answered, I just want to know the general outline of rules for visual formatting.
    – Lance
    Nov 6 '19 at 2:35
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    Updated for it to be about books, which is really what I had in mind.
    – Lance
    Nov 6 '19 at 2:57
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    The pagination of the book version varies wildly from publisher to publisher. Voting to close as too broad.
    – DonielF
    Nov 6 '19 at 4:42
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    There are very little rules for printed Chumash - just like with Christian bibles every publisher can do what he wants
    – mbloch
    Nov 6 '19 at 6:33

If you're curious to see what all-Hebrew or bilingual Hebrew-English chumashim look like, peruse the sample pages of different chumashim available at websites like this one, which will give you a complete visual of how a page of a serious chumash looks

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