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Thomas Michael

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When word is wider than screen, what's supposed to happen?
Posted: Jan 11, 2017 9:49 AM
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If my reader chooses the largest font, a few words are wider than the actual screen. Right now those words just continue on the next line (in kindle preview). The words do not hyphenate nor do they break in any intelligent part of the word.

Is this the correct behavior?
Is the behavior defined by the ebook-reader, or myself?
Should I try to force the break to happen at a particular spot?

If someone could tell me what the 'best practices' are for this issue I'd appreciate it.
thanks!


Current process:
I create an epub2 from scratch, run it through Epubcheck, then convert it with kindlegen into a dual KF8, then I look at the output in Calibre, Kindle previewer, and Kindle for PC.
Most of the work is done on linux, but previewer and Kindle for Pc are on windows 7.
writerbn

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Re: When word is wider than screen, what's supposed to happen?
Posted: Jan 11, 2017 10:06 AM   in response to: Thomas Michael in response to: Thomas Michael
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It depends on the reader. For recent versions of the Kindle software (as well as Kindle apps on other devices), autohyphenation is enabled by default. Otherwise, the word will wrap to the next line (unless you force left-aligned text, aka "ragged right").
Thomas Michael

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Re: When word is wider than screen, what's supposed to happen?
Posted: Jan 11, 2017 11:52 AM   in response to: writerbn in response to: writerbn
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writerbn wrote:
It depends on the reader. For recent versions of the Kindle software (as well as Kindle apps on other devices), autohyphenation is enabled by default. Otherwise, the word will wrap to the next line (unless you force left-aligned text, aka "ragged right").

Thanks.
From your answer it looks like there's nothing I really need to do to force the breaking point of words that wind up wider than the screen, and that the software on the other end intelligently figures out what to do.

I was just a little concerned because kindle-preview and kindle-for-pc didn't seem to break the words very intelligently. I'll have to recheck on some other platforms. Unfortunately I don't have an actual kindle reader at the moment.
Notjohn

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Re: When word is wider than screen, what's supposed to happen?
Posted: Jan 11, 2017 1:32 PM   in response to: Thomas Michael in response to: Thomas Michael
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I think you just have to hope that nobody is going to read your book on an iPhone 4 in the largest font. If anyone does, then I'm sure he has experienced this behavior before, and it won't bother him.

Good luck! -- NJ

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Thomas Michael

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Re: When word is wider than screen, what's supposed to happen?
Posted: Jan 14, 2017 8:10 AM   in response to: Notjohn in response to: Notjohn
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Thanks for the input NJ.
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