[texhax] Knuth's rules for the indefinite article
P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk
Tue May 4 16:04:39 CEST 2004
Plamen Tanovski wrote:
> William F. Adams wrote:
>> On Thursday, April 29, 2004, at 01:30 PM, Plamen Tanovski wrote:
>>> looking in texbook.tex I've noticed that Knuth uses sometimes
>>> nonbreakable space after the indefinite article, e.g. "once in
>>> a~while" or a~|$| or if the next word is the last in a sentence. My
>>> question is: is there any precise description of this rules?
>> I suspect that if you removed the non-breaking spaces you'd find that its addition forces a nicer set of linebreaks for a paragraph --- certainly that last would seem to indicate it, esp. if you meant paragraph.
> Thanks. So it has nothing to do with the indefinite article. Good to
That's not my impression at all, and /may/ not be what was implied
by William Adams : a "nicer set of linebreaks" may well imply
"far fewer lines ending with the indefinite article", which I for
one would regard as a Very Good Thing. When typesetting high-quality
material, I always suppress line breaks after the indefinite article,
and in several other fairly well-defined places as well ...
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