Peter Flynn writes:
> > Perhaps we should tune in on those poor widows and orphans no-one
> > seems to want ... I'd posted some notes on dealing with them in TeX.
> > Any other strategies, for either TeX or other programs?
> > Peter, you surely have some tricks up your sleeve, no?
> Not really, apart from the tuning TeX can do to obviate them. I had
> one or two really horrendous ones in my book on the Web, because there
> were so many large illustrations one after another, so there really
> was nowhere to pull a para back to or make it run onto. In one or two
> cases I just added a few words or deleted a few words, rephrasing it
> to fit - not very elegant, but when you have a deadline to meet...
> But you can only do this if you're the author, obviously.
Oh ... the luxury of re-phrasing ... don't I wish!
One strategy I didn't mention in my last post is to `tie' the last two
words of a paragraph together, to avoid having just one word on a
final line. I saw this used in a file by someone -- probably a
submission to TTN or TUGboat -- and I've also seen it in some of your
files, Peter ... ;-)
Actually, I don't initially code paragraphs this way -- I wait until I
preview them and then insert it when I find a stranded word. Just
another small assist in making things look nicer, esp. on a longer
In the _TeXbook_, it's suggested to `tie' initials to their surnames,
and also dates to their months (pp.~73--74; 91--94). I've also seen
people tie `I' to its verb ...
.. which brings up another small corner in typography -- just what
elements are (ideally) tied together, to avoid a line break
This might be a style issue ... it might even be different from
language to language .. but it seems a (fairly) safe topic to raise on
the list this week, no?!