Breaking Paragraphs into Lines

  title={Breaking Paragraphs into Lines},
  author={Donald E. Knuth and Michael F. Plass},
  journal={Softw., Pract. Exper.},
This paper discusses a new approach to the problem of dividing the text of a paragraph into lines of approximately equal length. Instead of simply making decisions one line at a time, the method considers the paragraph as a whole, so that the final appearance of a given line might be influenced by the text on succeeding lines. A system based on three simple primitive concepts called ‘boxes’, ‘glue’, and ‘penalties’ provides the ability to deal satisfactorily with a wide variety of typesetting… CONTINUE READING
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