[XeTeX] XeTeX and TeX documentation

Joshua Grauman jnfo at grauman.com
Fri Aug 11 18:28:40 CEST 2006

Thanks. I had tried setting \hyphenpenalty to 0, but didn't know about 
\exhyphenpenalty... Now this makes sense.


>> Sorry, I must correct myself. When I put the parameters more extreme I 
>> do see that it sometimes breaks a line after a maqqef. I don't know why 
>> it is less frequent, but it is working. Sorry about that.
> It'll be less frequent, especially with stretchable \leftskip (ragged-
> left setting rather than full justification) because TeX prefers to
> break at spaces rather than hyphens if possible. (And this code is
> treating maqqef like a literal hyphen in the text.)
> You can change this by adjusting \exhyphenpenalty (the "penalty" for
> breaking at an explicit hyphen). If you set this to zero, then
> breaking at maqqef will be considered equally acceptable to breaking
> at a space.
> This is all explained in The TeXbook, if you want to understand the
> full range of parameters and options you can experiment with. :)
> JK

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