[texhax] latex help? ["shortisch formula"]

Uwe Lück uwe.lueck at web.de
Fri Apr 7 17:41:46 CEST 2006

At 23:02 06.04.06, Karl Berry wrote:

>     So what I need is a way of telling latex to write the mbox on a new
>     line if the previous line cannot contain it properly.
>I think what's happening is that an unbreakable formula, even a shortish
>formula, is simply a hard thing to break lines around.  When TeX keeps
>it at the end of the line (making a too-long line), I think it's because
>it sees every alternative as worse.  To test this theory, try doing
>Your entire paragraph ...
>... rest of paragraph
>And see if it moves down.  (I expect the spacing will be pretty awful.)
>If this works out, since you don't want to use sloppypar around every
>paragraph, the real solution might be to adjust some of TeX's line
>breaking parameters, notably \tolerance, to allow looser paragraphs in
>By the way, I believe you can prohibit all breaks in formulas by setting
>However, you probably have other (displayed) equations where you really
>do need to allow breaks at relations and operators, in which case this
>wouldn't be the way to go.

Good that I haven't given an earlier answer, which would have
considered sloppypar only -- I deem sloppypar a worse solution.

I would like to improve Karl's second answer, about as follows:


(... in the document preamble). Then place that \nobreakf
in each "shortish" formula, i.e., inside $...$ or \(...\);
you can place it right before the second $ or before the \).
(Be sure to use `\nobreakf', not `\nobreak'.)

I have tested this (instead of trying to understand the TeXbook;
test: `\hsize .33em'; then `$X=Y\nobreakf$' does).
It seems to suffice indeed to put \nobreakf anywhere
inside such a formula. Other line breaks (even within the same
paragraph) then seem not to be affected.

Good luck,

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