# [OS X TeX]

Peter Dyballa Peter_Dyballa at Web.DE
Fri Mar 23 06:53:27 EDT 2007

```Am 23.03.2007 um 07:50 schrieb Alexander Mehlmann:

> there are too many breaks in some paragraphs of my book (in the
> middle of the word).

These two TeX variables have some influence on hyphenation:

\hyphenpenalty
\pretolerance

I am not sure how they work, i.e. whether \hyphenpenalty adds
(biases) the penalties summed up until a possible line break
position, or whether it's the new reference value.

Have you thought of changing the font size by one or two tenths of a
point? This is, IMO, more reasonable. Or changing text width. Or the
font used. These means can be restricted to a region ...

The best choice is probably to use micro-typography.

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Pete

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