# [texhax] plain TeX: how to prevent short last lines of paragraphs?

Philip TAYLOR (Webmaster, Ret'd) P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk
Wed Oct 26 17:10:36 CEST 2011

\parfillskip : set it to something less infinite than its default
value.  Try (e.g.,) 0,3\hsize but be prepared to treat very
short paragraphs specially.

Philip Taylor
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D. R. Evans wrote:
> This is a problem that has been niggling at me for a long time, and I
> wonder if anyone here has a solution.
>
> Plain TeX sometimes will typeset a paragraph in such a way that the last
> line of the paragraph contains just one short word, such as "it." or "I.".
> This can be fixed by changing the looseness of such paragraphs manually,
> but I wonder if there's some way to change a TeX parameter to make this
> happen automatically, since fixing an entire novel in this manner is a
> tedious process that it seems should be unnecessary.
>
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