We are interested in the problem of text layout as it relates to our work on the intelligent generation of integrated text and information graphics (e.g., tables, bar charts, plots, maps) the AutoBrief system (Kerpedjiev et al. 1997; Green, Carenini, and Moore 1998; Green et al. 1998). Intelligent layout generation is related to the problems of media allocation and cross-media cue generation. We propose an approach to these problems that makes use of argument structure to define domain-independent policies for a multimedia generation system.