benin Posted December 28, 2018 Share Posted December 28, 2018 You used in your Flow Window the term «Prevent widowed last lines». In this context, the term widow is not a well-chosen terminology. Actually, it is wrong. I suggest using the term «runt» instead of «widowed». David Blatner introduced the term «runt» for this typographic problem. In typography, a «runt» occurs when the last line of a paragraph ends with: - a part of a hyphenated word - or a single short word - or a short lines of text with up to 10-signs at the last line of a paragraph. An exact term of this typographic crime is vague and (historically) does not exist at all. Some call them orphans or widows; others call them runts. You called them widows which I think is confusing and not correct in this context. I agree with David Blatner how proposed the term «runt» and who pointed out that: ...while some people call these widows and other people call them orphans, those terms definitely do not describe short last lines at the end of a paragraph. The terms Orphans and Widows are reserved for other typographic problems. (Orphans are single first lines stranded at the bottom of a column. Widows are single last lines stranded at the top of a column.) That’s why I (Blatner) like the term “runt” when talking about short last-lines in a paragraph.https://indesignsecrets.com/3-ways-to-fix-runts-in-your-text.php I would further suggest giving the user in the Flow Window the possibility to define how much signs are permissible for «Runts». By the way, InDesign is not offering this functionality and is not using the term «runt». Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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