Somebody I worked with told me that he does not like to have floats “here” (
[h]) but only at “top”, “bottom”, or “page” (
[tbp]). After using this for my own documents for a while, I quite like it; the “here” floats often are stumbing blocks for the reading flow.
The thing with figures in the “top” placement is that their caption (below the image) and the body text looks very alike, I have the same font and the
caption by default indents additional lines. I thought that it might be a good idea to restrict float placement to
bp. Then the figure would not be a stumbling block within the text but the reader can also continue reading the body text at the beginning of the new page instead of finding the end of the caption first.
Noticing that all slightly larger floats end up on separate pages now, I found that
\topfraction is way larger than
\bottomfraction. It seems the authors of those default values have had some reason do chose them like this. Usually the defaults lead to visually pleasing results, so I wonder what the background is here.
- Why are large floats at the bottom of a page discouraged by default?
- Would I do the reader a favor by setting
\bottomfractionto the value
\topfractionhas and using
[bp]as a float placement?