[OS X TeX] flexible space

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Thu Feb 22 13:54:42 EST 2007

On Feb 22, 2007, at 12:30 PM, Sergei Mariev wrote:

> Dear all,
> I am trying to achieve flexible space on both sides of the colon. I  
> use it in critical notes in the footnotes where there are often not  
> enough words in a line to achieve optimal distribution of words. As  
> a result, when LaTex encounters a colon with a white speace  
> preceeding and following it, it "takes advantage" of it to stretch  
> the line as far as possible. The result is not always satisfactory,  
> as the the space after the colon sometimes appears bigger than the  
> one preceeding the colon:
> word word word : word word word
> word word word    :      word word word
> I need to define a flexible space to allow equal stretching on both  
> sides of the colon, but the line break only after the colon.
> I would appreciate any advice!
> Kidn regards,
> Sergei Mariev


Does \frenchspacing in the preamble (i.e., make post punctuation  
spacing the same as a regular space) or `\ :\ ' work?

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest.com)

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