[OS X TeX] TeXShop bug with Hard Wrap

Ross Moore ross at ics.mq.edu.au
Thu Apr 1 23:58:13 CEST 2010

On 02/04/2010, at 12:58 AM, Herbert Schulz wrote:

>> Howdy,
>> On the other hand... if you really want to write hard wrapped  
>> lines YOU must be careful to break lines at reasonable length. Get  
>> out of the habit of writing long lines altogether. Like I said...  
>> one reason to avoid hard wrap.

I teach my students to start every sentence on a new line,
and similarly each new clause following a comma.
Keep whole ideas and concepts as modular as possible.
This way it becomes a lot easier to read back over what you write,
and change the order by moving around whole blocks of lines.

>> I do agree that it would be nice if paragraphs obeyed indentation,  
>> even with soft wrap display. I'd also like to make Command  
>> Completion obey indentation.
>> Good Luck,
>> Herb Schulz
>> (herbs at wideopenwest dot com)
> Howdy,
> Oh... I keep remembering more things that are bad about hard wrap.  
> Suppose you do have a longer line (not a comment!) that gets  
> wrapped. If it's a command definition and is automatically broken  
> across lines it may introduce an extra space that is very hard to  
> trace. I'd much rather control line breaks myself.

By keeping control yourself you can prepare your text
for later revisions and updates,
which almost inevitably will be needed.
You also avoid technical problems associated with
composing your own macros and environment definitions.

If anything, shorter lines are easier to read.
Much more so that monotonous blocks all formatted
to the same length.

I even do this in email messages!

> Good Luck,
> Herb Schulz
> (herbs at wideopenwest dot com)

Hope this helps,


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