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      How can I have the author name for a quotation set on the same line as the quotation or on a new line, according to space requirements?

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Q: Dear Nelly: When I write course materials for my students, I often include quotations at the beginning of a chapter. I've defined my own Quotation environment for that. It typesets the quotaton in a minipage and sets the name of the author flushed right in italics on a new line . I was wondering, however, is it possible to make LaTeX typeset the name of the author on the same line as the last words, if there is enough space, and automatically start a new line if there isn't?

A: There is indeed! You can define an author environment like this:

	    \unskip\hspace*{1em plus 1fill}%
be sure to use \hspace* rather than \hspace because the starred version makes sure that the space you so painstakingly created doesn't immediately disappear again if your author name is long enough to require a line of its own.

The above question was answered by Yuri Robbers, a member of the editorial board of this journal. He can be reached at


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