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Re: Groff vs Heirloom troff (was Re: Quick question: how to do .index in

From: Pierre-Jean Fichet
Subject: Re: Groff vs Heirloom troff (was Re: Quick question: how to do .index in groff?)
Date: Sat, 01 Aug 2020 12:10:37 +0200
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Steve Izma <> wrote:
> > As a simple curiosity, to help me improve my typographic eye, could
> > you please explain me in which situation you need a higher resolution?
> For almost everything I typeset, especially books and
> newsletter-type publications, I always at least a few places
> where I need to use track kerning on a paragraph in order to get
> good word spacing and to shorten or lengthen paragraphs in order
> to avoid widows (the last line of a paragraph starting a column
> of text). When I adjust the kerning (or mortising, if necessary)
> in values of one-hundredth or one-thousandth of a point, it can
> make a difference in whether a word fits on a line or is broken
> or pushed to the next line, thereby making the paragraph too
> long. I avoid trying to adjust only part of a paragraph because
> that can drastically affect the "colour" (i.e., density) of the
> text.

Allright, I understand now. Thank you !


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