> > Code like this has been lying around here for a while. Find below my
> > bophook.sty and a test file that marks the boundaries in DIN letters.

if we have to have something for 2e, then i would far rather it were a

> I have actually done something like this completely without hooks,
> just by putting a box of zero size containing fold marks and letterhead
> into the header, where the there are some negative skips that are
> calculated from the page dimension parameter, so that the "letter
> background" is independent of the class file or class options.
> Not exactly pretty, but can be done and works.
> I suppose one could even make this a package...

but you're _not_ doing it without hooks: as i said last night, the
page header and footer are hooks themselves (though they don't
actually call themselves that).