# [XeTeX] too many unprocessesed floats

Wilfred van Rooijen wvanrooijen at yahoo.com
Thu Feb 25 14:46:49 CET 2010

Hello Jens,

Please note that there are special packages available to set texts in the way you want, for instance to make "critical editions" and such. I do not know the names of these packages, but question about similar problems occasionally arrive on the list.

I think there is at least a package to typeset for instance translations, with the original on one page, the translation on the other, with lines corresponding, line numbers and all. If you want to know more, inquire on this list, or (since you seem to be located in Germany) check the Dante site and email archives.

Hope this helps,
Wilfred

--- On Thu, 25/2/10, Jens Bakker <jbakker at uni-bonn.de> wrote:

> From: Jens Bakker <jbakker at uni-bonn.de>
> Subject: Re: [XeTeX] too many unprocessesed floats
> To: "Unicode-based TeX for Mac OS X and other platforms" <xetex at tug.org>
> Date: Thursday, 25 February, 2010, 7:57 PM
> Hi Wilfred,
>
> Thank you very much for your information, which is very
> usefull for me. The purpose of using the newline command so
> often was, that I want to  reproduce exactly the lines
> of a certain manuscript to facilitate the process of
> comparing the text with that of the manuscript once again
> while collating it with other versions. I also wanted to
> asign linenumbers to see if there are difficulties in using
> them, and I noticed that to begin a new paragraph with a
> skip between the new and the previous paragraph means, that
> to the resulting empty line there is a linenumber assigned.
>
> To avoid this, i. e. to achieve that only lines with text
> and not empty lines are counted by linenumbers, I did not
> introduce new paragraphs which resulted in the respective
> problem that I could not solve. Now I enclosed every text
> which corresponds to a page in the mentioned manuscript in a
> \begin{linenumbers} end{linenumbers} environment and let the
> pagenumbering begin with \resetpagenumber once again in each
> instance.
>
> With best wishes,
> Jens Bakker
>
>
>
>
> Am 25.02.2010 um 00:57 schrieb Wilfred van Rooijen:
>
> > Hi Jens,
> >
> > A very good explanation about the nature of floats and
> how they are processed can be found in the manual of the
> memoir class. The file is called "memman.pdf" and should be
> somewhere in your latex installation.
> >
> > In short, a float is an empty area whose location is
> decided by latex after setting the surrounding text
> paragraphs. If latex cannot find a suitable place for a
> float, it will append it to a list of "unprocessed floats"
> which will ultimately all appear on separate pages at the
> end of the document. If you have more than a certain number
> of those unprocessed floats, latex will complain.
> >
> > Thus, the solution is to create more available spaces
> where floats can be put. In your case, apparently you have
> very long paragraphs and latex does not know where to
> reserve space for the notes. By making smaller paragraphs
> you allow more potential "float locations" and all should be
> well.
> >
> > As a rule, you should not use "\\" unless absolutely
> necessary. Latex sets the text per paragraph, and "\\" will
> start a new line but not a new paragraph (if I remember
> correctly) which means that you get very long paragraphs,
> which are difficult to typeset. Again, I think that the
> memoir manual has some details about the differences between
> an empty line, \par, and \\.
> >
> > Cheers,
> > Wilfred
> >
> > --- On Wed, 24/2/10, Ulrike Fischer <news3 at nililand.de>
> wrote:
> >
> >> From: Ulrike Fischer <news3 at nililand.de>
> >> Subject: Re: [XeTeX] too many unprocessesed
> floats
> >> To: xetex at tug.org
> >> Date: Wednesday, 24 February, 2010, 10:38 PM
> >> Am Tue, 23 Feb 2010 23:20:17 +0100
> >> schrieb Jens Bakker:
> >>
> >>> Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,
> >>
> >>> At some point, when I wrote a new marginal
> note,
> >>
> >>> I got the following error:
> >>>
> >>> LateX Error: Too many unprocessed floats
> >>>
> >>> See LateX manual or LateX Companion for
> explanation.
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> May anybody know if there could be a
> solution?
> >>
> >> Well LaTeX can store only a restricted number of
> floats.
> >> \marginpar's are floats and you are using a lot of
> \\ which
> >> means
> >> that all \marginpars are in one paragraph and so
> you are
> >> overflowing
> >> the available ressources for floats.
> >>
> >> Solutions are:
> >> 1.  Divide your text in more but smaller
> paragraphs,
> >> that means use
> >> less  \\ commands and more \par or empty
> lines.
> >>
> >> 2. Use the package marginnote and \marginnote
> >> \marginpar.
> >>
> >>
> >> --Ulrike Fischer
> >>
> >>
> >>
> >>
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