[tex-k] Suggestion for The TeXbook

Wolfgang Helbig helbig at mailbox.org
Sat Oct 24 11:03:45 CEST 2020


Line -20, page 97 of the TeXBook (Sixth printing, March 1986) reads:
\ddanger The ^{badness} of a line is an integer that is approximately
100 times the cube of the ratio by which the glue inside the line
must stretch or shrink to make an hbox of the required size.

Only the nominator (must stretch ...) but not the
denominator (stretchability) of the ratio is specified. It might be a 
little bit
clearer, if both nominator and denominator were given.

May I ask you to forward this message to Prof. Knuth, if you think
it is worth it?

Sincerely yours,

Wolfgang Helbig, Programmierer
TeX-FPC, a Pascal only based TeX implementation

Stauferstr. 22
71334 Waiblingen

Wolfgang Helbig

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