The hyphenation in my bibliography is off somehow, I can't figure out why. Look:


    Address = {Boston},
    Author = {Fowler, Martin},
    Publisher = {Addison-Wesley},
    Title = {Patterns of Enterprise Application Architecture},
    Year = {2006}}

    Address = {Shelter Island, NY},
    Author = {{Rotem-Gal-Oz}, Arnon},
    Publisher = {Manning Publications Co.},
    Title = {SOA Patterns},
    Year = {2012}}

\nocite{Fowler:2006} \nocite{Rotem-Gal-Oz:2012}

Now, when you compile that you can see that the "Addison-" of "Addison-Wesley" is too long. (I put in another Bib-Entry for your reference). Addison is to long.

I could fix this with Add\-ison but that's just weird. Also, I have more than one occurrence in my file and I dislike having to check for this error again and again.

So, what do I do now?

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    LaTeX hyphenates words with hyphen only at the hyphen. You could use the command \hyphen offered by biblatex instead of the -. Jun 7, 2013 at 11:50
  • In fact, I see the same issue with non-hyphenated words as well. Example: @book{Vossen:1996, Address = {Bonn}, Author = {Vossen, Gottfried AND Becker, J{\"o}rg.}, Isbn = {978-3826601248}, Keywords = {Gesch{\"a}ftsprozesse, Definitionen}, Publisher = In\-ter\-na\-tion\-al Thomson Publ., Title = {Gesch{\"a}ftsproze{\ss}modellierung und Work\-flow-Management. - Modelle, Methoden, Werkzeuge.}, Year = {1996}} The "Thomson" is not hyphenated correctly and too long. see: Picture of Thomson too long
    – albifant
    Jun 7, 2013 at 12:18
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    The word Thomson is hyphenated correctly in the picture you've linked in the comment. You could try issuing the command \sloppy right before \printbibliography to let TeX find a different way to break lines. Alternatively, consider loading the package ragged2e and issuing the command \RaggedRight before \printbibliography.
    – Mico
    Jun 7, 2013 at 12:27
  • @Mico \sloppy worked perfectly fine. I'll go with that, thank you. You might post that as an answer I can "accept".
    – albifant
    Jun 7, 2013 at 12:58
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When dealing with material that's difficult to hyphenate, it can help at times -- but it's not guaranteed to work under all circumstances -- to provide the directive \sloppy. The \sloppy instruction lets TeX find line breaks by widening the amount of inter-word whitespace far more than is (normally) considered to be tolerable. However, do be sure to exhaust other possibilities before resorting to using \sloppy -- the results you may get with this method may look, well, sloppy!

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    To be honest, I think this is a perfect solution for bibliographies. It might not help all the time but it did for me without exceptions.
    – phx
    Nov 1, 2016 at 19:44
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    How do you cancel the effects of \sloppy when more sections follow the bibliography?
    – m000
    Aug 26, 2020 at 17:14
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    @m000 - \fussy.
    – Mico
    Aug 26, 2020 at 17:43
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    how can I check whether \sloppy is still active? Nov 29, 2021 at 14:15
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    I guess I care more about the typesetting result than about programmatically asking for the status. But yeah, a conditional would tell me, whether \sloppy has accidentally been left on. I guess it manipulates some internal settings which could be queried for. Dec 1, 2021 at 12:36

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