[texhax] Questions about the line-breaking algorithm.
Peter B. West
pbw at pbw.id.au
Fri Dec 23 00:11:46 CET 2005
Is this the right place for such questions?
I am implementing XSL-FO in Java, and I wish to use the TeX algorithm as
the basis for line breaking.
I have a copy of Digital Typography, which contains a copy of the
article "Breaking Paragraphs Into Lines" by Knuth and Plass. In an
Addendum another article is mentioned. "Michael Plass prepared a shorter
version of this article for the book "Document Preparation Systems...".
Shorter indeed. 21 pages. "His version generalizes and simplifies
the box/glue/penalty model by introducing the notion of a kerf..." The
Addendum also mentions the introduction of leftskip and rightskip, and
the introduction of the "line penalty" into the demerits calculation.
Are there any online sources of information on "kerfs", left- and
rightskips and the line penalty?
There are a few aspects of the algorithm I would like to discuss in
detail. Can anyone help me?
Peter B. West <http://cv.pbw.id.au/>
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