[pdftex] Surprising opinion about hz-type features

George N. White III gnwiii at gmail.com
Sun Feb 24 12:58:04 CET 2008

On 2/23/08, Reinhard Kotucha <reinhard.kotucha at web.de> wrote:

> [...]

The hz-algorithm implemented in pdftex works perfectly and is a big
> step forward.

Yes indeed!

Hz can make very dramatic improvements for certain layouts (e.g., fairly
short lines with text that contains lots of big workds).  I provide TeX
for a scientific organization that produces a report series using LaTeX.
of the reports contain paragraphs in which nearly every line ended with a
when microtype was turned off; using microtype eliminates almost all the
There is no doubt that the microtype results are more readable.

In a 100+page report, microtype reduces the overall length by several pages.
How many things in this life give better results while reducing costs (and

George N. White III <aa056 at chebucto.ns.ca>
Head of St. Margarets Bay, Nova Scotia

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