# [texhax] Characters out of margin

Herbert Schulz herbs at wideopenwest.com
Thu Feb 23 18:31:57 CET 2012

On Feb 23, 2012, at 8:26 AM, Eric Weir wrote:

>
> On Feb 23, 2012, at 12:44 AM, Donald Arseneau wrote:
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>> Eric Weir <eeweir at bellsouth.net> writes:
>>
>>> \tolerance 1414
>>> \emergencystretch 1.5em
>>> \hfuzz 0.3pt
>>
>> Yes, these parameters can be tweaked individually, but if you are a beginner
>> or intermediate use I recommend simply "\sloppy", which is LaTeX's encapsulation
>> of settings to prevent "overfull hbox in paragraph" errors.  You don't mention
>> your language settings for hyphenation of words, and that may be the critical
>> problem.  Both the tolerances and the hyphenation are subjects in the UKtug
>> TeX FAQ:
>>
>> http://www.tex.ac.uk/cgi-bin/texfaq2html?label=overfull
>>
>> http://www.tex.ac.uk/cgi-bin/texfaq2html?label=nohyph
>
> Thanks for the references, Don. Unfortunately, my newbieness is so new the implications are a bit hazy.
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> A FAQ on how hyphenation works linked to from the second link above has this: "The ordinary LaTeX user need not worry about \language, since it is very thoroughly managed by the babelpackage; use of \hyphenation is discussed in the context of hyphenation failure."
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> The page on hyphenation failure alludes to a possible need to install new hyphenation patterns. I have the MacTeX version of TeX Live. If American English is my language, is it likely that I need to be concerned about having the wrong hyphenation rules specified?
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> It also says this: "The \hyphenation command allows you to give explicit instructions." I'm taking it this would be to a specific instance of hyphenation failure?
>
> Finally, would I use "\sloppy" in place of the commands listed above or in addition to them.
>
> ...

Howdy,

You should not have any hyphenation problems with American English. It also has nothing to do with the Mac since MacTeX installs a standard, full TeX Live.

Is there any way you could supply a minimal but compilable sample file that demonstrates your problem?

Good Luck,

Herb Schulz
(herbs at wideopenwest dot com)