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new line only after return and space chrs

Post by mfrance » 2007-10-12 09:16:59

I wrote a 6-million characters concordance using MW 6.5; the (justified) text consists mostly of bibliographical references made up of an abbreviation followed by numbers, with full stops diving them, e.g: AA.12.23.4
I want to shift the file to NWP, but I've found that when a reference occurs by the end of a line, NWP (unlike NW 6.5) splits them, leaving the letters at the end of the line and putting the digits at the beginning of the following one, e.g.: AA.[new line]12.23.4
Does anybody know if there'a way to avoid this, i.e. to have a new line beginning ONLY after a return or space character?

Marco

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Post by martin » 2007-10-12 13:23:50

Hi Marco, I'm sorry to say that there's no way for you to change this right now. However, I'd consider this bad behavior by the typesetter and will file a bug that we change it. Thanks for letting us know.

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Post by greenmorpher » 2007-10-12 13:46:32

There would need to be some sort of optional arrangement -- perhaps with the default being "No break" in the case of a mixed letters and numbers and periods string, but with a user definable option of "Break at period/fullpoint" available for the case where you wanted a break for line wrapping with something like a long URL.

Actually, the case gets more complex -- a string like a URL will break at a slash (and I don't know what else). That might not be desirable if it wraps dropping just a couple of characters of a long string to the next line. That needs to be catered for too.

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Post by martin » 2007-10-12 15:14:38

For cases when you want to break text apart, you can always use a zero-width space (U+200B).

As for something like a URL, which might break in unsightly ways, we have filed away the feature "keep text together on same line".

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