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Careful of hyphens and eliminate widows and orphans — 2 Comments

  1. The Oxford Guide to Style, the New Harts rules, Butcher’s copy-editing, Chamber’s dictionary, Webster’s dictionary and the Oxford English dictionary online all state that a widow is a last line by itself at the top of a page.

  2. Probably true. However, most graphic designers were taught, until software changed things in the 1990s, that widows were short sentence fragments at the end of a paragraph. More recently I try to separate page widows and paragraph widows. Some also call paragraph widows runts.

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