[pdftex] [Slightly OT] Width of ragged text
ross at ics.mq.edu.au
Mon Dec 22 12:59:26 CET 2003
On Mon, 22 Dec 2003, Magnus Lie Hetland wrote:
> I guess this is more of a general LaTeX/TeX question, but I hope it's
> not too far OT here...
Yes, it is rather.
> The question is simply: How do I find the width of a piece of
> ragged(right) text? I put the text in a parbox of a given width to
> break it, but then, of course, it doesn't fill the width of the box,
> and I no longer know how wide it is. Is it possible to find out?
Then \wd0 contains the width of box-register 0 in a compact binary
format. Similarly \ht0 and \dp0 contain the height/depth above/below
To get these values in a readable text format, you need to use
\the\wd0 \the\ht0 etc.
I'd suggest you read the chapter on Boxes & Glue in The TeXBook, by DEK.
Hope this helps
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