Re: What's a widow? -Reply -Reply

Subject: Re: What's a widow? -Reply -Reply
From: Bill Sullivan <bsullivan -at- SMTPLINK -dot- DELTECPOWER -dot- COM>
Date: Mon, 16 Sep 1996 08:09:18 -0700

I think what it comes down to is that we don't all necessarily agree
on what widows and orphans are, but I think we agree that they have
to be done away with. And now, back to something meaningful.

Bill Sullivan
bsullivan -at- deltecpower -dot- com
San Diego, California

>>> Peter Gold <pgold -at- NETCOM -dot- COM> - 9/14/96 7:29 AM >>>
The last time this thread played itself out, I recall someone pointed
out that both interpretations of "widow" and "orphan" (the line pushed
ahead, the line left behind) are "authoritatively" supported endlessly
through the history of the terms. IOW, cultural metaphors aside, the
issue is whether or not a single line of a paragraph divided by a
page break is acceptable in your style guide.

Peter Gold pgold -at- netcom -dot- com

On Fri, 13 Sep 1996, Bill Sullivan wrote:

> I don't know if anyone went to the Microsoft Press Computer
Dictionary
> (2nd ed.) but it throws gasoline on the fire with the following:

> Orphan. The first line of a paragraph printed alone at the bottom
of
> a page or column of text, or the last line of a paragraph printed
> alone at the top of a page or column.

> Widow. A single word, a portion of a word, or a few short words
left
> on a line by themselves at the end of a paragraph or column of type
on
> a page.

> The word "orphan" does not come up when I check the index or do a
> find on the online MS Manual of Style. When I did a find on
"widow,"
> I ended up in an article on indexing.

> Bill Sullivan
> bsullivan -at- deltecpower -dot- com

San
Diego,
California


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