# Why does hyphenation seems not to work on larger \textwidth?

Here is the minimal example, it appears that the hyphenation does not work properly here.

\documentclass[a4paper]{article}
\usepackage{lipsum}

\begin{document}

\lipsum[1-3]

\end{document}


• 'Nothing to do here': the log shows now overfull boxes so TeX doesn't hyphenate (you can see more details by tracing the run). Of course, hyphenation of cod-Latin using English patterns is going to be a bit odd anyway. – Joseph Wright Apr 21 '16 at 5:57
• Well, there are some huge strange white spaces, and even when i type something in english the hyphenation wont kick in. – Adriano Gonçalves Apr 21 '16 at 6:07
• The screenshot is fine so please post a short example which shows this issue, and ideally the log to go with it. – Joseph Wright Apr 21 '16 at 6:12
• As @JosephWright points out that hyphenating lipsum text might be a bit troublesome, perhaps you might get clearer results withkantlipsum' which uses English words. – Chris H Apr 21 '16 at 8:38

TeX puts some penalty on each hyphen, so it avoids hyphenation when it is not really necessary. And, in this example, hyphenation is indeed not needed: There are neither overful nor underful hboxen.

The large spaces you are noticing are spaces after a full stop at the end of sentence (an example is the space after Cras nec ante.). Turn on \frenchspacing` (by using this command in the preamble) to make the spaces after a full stop equal to normal word spaces.

• The problem was with \frenchspacing. Now the text looks like i want it to. Thanks – Adriano Gonçalves Apr 21 '16 at 16:44