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Re: TeX error handling

From: Eli Zaretskii
Subject: Re: TeX error handling
Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 06:51:57 +0300

> From: Simon Josefsson <address@hidden>
> Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2004 02:48:08 +0200
> * Hide or remove the "Overfull \hbox" warnings.  Is it possible to
>   write a real manual without generating a gazillion of these?

It's possible.

>   Is it
>   something worth striving for?  IMHO, things look fine anyway.

It _is_ worth striving for, but if your manual has lots of strings
that TeX cannot hyphenate (like long URLs or file names), then it
might be hard to eliminate overfull hbox warnings below 30pt.  Above
that value, things really don't look fine, if you ask me: the overfull
text sticks out into the margin in a way that is really unpleasant.
That is, I'd certainly do _something_ about a warning like this:

> Overfull \hbox (124.16682pt too wide) in paragraph at lines 1869--1869
>  address@hidden Checking whether the server can accept a bogus TLS record 
> version in
>  the client hello... yes[] |

What I do in such cases, if I cannot fix it by rearranging text, is to
add a space in the middle of the long string that's causing the

(I assume that you do know about @finalout and about the trick with
\global\emergencystretch explained in the node "Overfull hboxes" in
the Texinfo manual.  If not, perhaps those are your friends.)

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