Page layout refers to the arrangement of text, images, and other objects on a page. The term was initially used in desktop publishing (DTP), but is now commonly used to describe the layout of webpages as well. Page layout techniques are used to customize the appearance of magazines, newspapers, books, websites, and other types of publications.
The page layout of a printed or electronic document encompasses all elements of the page. This includes the page margins, text blocks, images, object padding, and any grids or templates used to define positions of objects on the page. Page layout applications, such as Adobe InDesign and QuarkXpress, allow page designers to modify all of these elements for a printed publication. Web development programs, such as Adobe Dreamweaver and Microsoft Expression Studio allow Web developers to create similar page layouts designed specifically for the Web.
Since there are many applications that create customized page layouts, there is also a specific file format category for page layout file types. These files are similar to word processing documents, but may contain additional page formatting information and other types of visual content. You can view a list of Page Layout File Types at FileInfo.com.
Updated: December 9, 2010