How can the same text in different tabular cells with the same width get hyphenated in a different way?

\multirow[t]{3}{=}{Uebergang zum Regelbetrieb}
   & Anzahl Leerfahrten
      & \multirow[t]{3}{=}{Statistische Auswertung, ggf. Simulation} \\
   & Gefahrene Leerkilometer
      & \\
   & Anzahl der Personal- und Fahrzeugwechsel
      & \\
Auswirkung auf anderen Bahnverkehr
   & Streuung von Verspaetungen auf eigentlich nicht betroffene Linien
      & Statistische Auswertung, ggf. Simulation\\

The result looks really odd:

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Since I'm using multirow (version 2.1), this seems to cause the effect. How can one avoid this?

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    I have minimized the code and made it self-contained. I have no answer (yet), but with the minimized code the chances are higher that someone else picks up the challenge.
    – gernot
    Commented Nov 29, 2016 at 9:12

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This is because your "normal" cell uses full justification (which actually is undesirable for such a narrow text). And \multirow uses \raggedright, so this gives a different hyphenation.

Actually, the multirow setup can be changed. Like if you remove the `\raggedright, you will get the same in both cells. Do this with


The alternative (which I think is better) is to also use \raggedright in the other cells.

  • Thank you very much! Actually, this is part of a longtable, thus, using raggedright or RaggedRight might get a little bit complicated. Is there any way to do this for singular cells within longtable? I don't want to exchange my longtable environment for LTXtable (other difficulties then).
    – D. Duesen
    Commented Nov 29, 2016 at 10:14
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    For a single cell, use {\raggedright Statistische Auswertung, ggf. Simulation\par}. Even for longtable you can use a column specifier of >{\raggedright\arraybackslash}p{7.5em} if you also have \usepackage{array}. Commented Nov 29, 2016 at 10:23
  • Thanks a lot, the column specifier worked very well! RaggedRight was also possible, just for some reason it would not be allowed using P columns defined as '\newcolumntype{P}[1]{>{\RaggedRight\arraybackslash\hspace{0pt}}p{#1}}'. That's why I thought of using LTXtable in the first place.
    – D. Duesen
    Commented Nov 29, 2016 at 11:37
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    Put the \hspace{0pt} before the \arraybackslash. Commented Nov 29, 2016 at 12:34

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