[texhax] Knuth's rules for the indefinite article

Plamen Tanovski pgt at arcor.de
Tue May 4 08:32:19 CEST 2004

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

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