[Rd] documentation and \sloppy (PR#976)

Prof Brian Ripley ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk
Mon, 11 Jun 2001 12:26:30 +0100 (BST)

On Sun, 10 Jun 2001 p.ribeiro@lancaster.ac.uk wrote:

> Hi
> When preparing documentation using Rd2dvi sometimes we get "overflow" on
> some lines. The consequence is that in the documentation there are some
> lines where words are not hyphenated or moved. The final document has some
> lines with more columns than the rest of the text.
> This happens when we use \code{} (which probably calls the \tt in latex).
> I've been checking the documentation (.pdf files) of a few packages  and
> this seens to occours all over.
> One possible way to correct this is  by introducing the command
> \sloppy
> on the header of the automatically generated .tex files. It seens to work
> fine in some tests I've run.
> I'm wondering whether the "\sloppy" can be incorporated to the Rd2dvi
> command.

Yes it can, using the Rd.cfg mechanism.  If there is a file Rd.cfg in your
TEXINPUTS path, it gets read at the bottom of Rd.sty.  This should allow
you to change the TeX penalties (which is what \sloppy does AFAIR).

I think Rd2dvi is intended only to be a simple mechanism to produce
a reasonable printed manual, but the Rd.cfg mechanism allows some
customization.  My view is that a few overlaps into the right margin is
less distracting that the `loose' typesetting that \sloppy encourages.


Brian D. Ripley,                  ripley@stats.ox.ac.uk
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