[OS X TeX] General LaTeX question: Float too large for page = ?

Guido Mocken mocken at physik.uni-freiburg.de
Fri Jun 25 18:48:25 CEST 2004

I have a very general question. What does the following warning 
precisely mean?

"LaTeX Warning: Float too large for page by 25.28638pt on input line 91"

Obviously, it means that a float is too large, I can see that ... the 
warning goes away when I make the corresponding figure somewhat 
smaller. Shrinking the caption also helps, so it must be a vertical 
margin problem. However, I can't see, which margin is the problem? 25pt 
should be easily visible?! What does "for page" exactly mean?

My figures are usually like this:

		\caption{Fairly long caption.}

I don't want to reduce the width to anything lower than 1.0\textwidth, 
because the overall look is best this way. But I would like to get rid 
of these warnings, because having too many unimportant warnings makes 
you miss the few important ones.


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