re: Hyphenation in technical documentation

Subject: re: Hyphenation in technical documentation
From: Shlomo Perets <shlomo2 -at- microtype -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 02 Dec 2004 12:26:48 +0200

Additional aspects:

* Even when hyphenation is generally turned off, text in narrow
table columns can benefit from it. Table text paragraphs styles may
have hyphenation turned on, with reasonable controls (such as
minimum number of characters before/after hyphens, number
of consecutive hyphenated lines, exceptions etc.).

* Preventing the last word on a page from being hyphenated is
recommended (if your publishing software supports such a setting,
or manually suppressing hyphenation).

* If the document is converted to PDF, Acrobat's Search can locate
the text regardless of hyphenation, except if split between pages
(as Acrobat cannot find text strings across page boundaries).

Shlomo Perets

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