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Questions tagged [rivers]

{rivers} are a problem with the distribution of whitespace in typeset text that can distract the eye, undermine readability, and make the layout look ridiculous.

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How can I improve the typography of a text-heavy table?

Thanks to the example provided by @cfr I was able to create a stylish, text-heavy table in an academic paper I am preparing. However, there are issues with rivering and the justification of the text ...
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How to define the badness of a river?

I've written an algorithm to try and detect rivers in paragraphs and it actually detects quite a lot when I run it. Some of them are clearly false positives, but there are others that are indeed ...
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Avoiding "rivers" in successive lines of type

This question led to a new feature in a package: impnattypo The following quote is from James Felici, The Complete Manual of Typography (2003), p. 161: Rivers occur when word spaces stack one ...
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