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I know this has been hashed out a bit before, but not in quite this case:
I've been setting some documents in FileMaker, to export from records. I had neatly made use of all of its (very limited) capabilities to make them not-bad-looking. So I was a little surprised when I was instructed to eliminate widows and orphans – I looked back over the document, found none – and asked again, and was told that I ought to be putting in non-breaking spaces in order to get rid of three-character or less words at the ends of lines. Yeah, lines, not paragraphs or columns or pages. For example:
This is not an acceptable block of text because it
has a first line with a two-character entity at the
end. And a second, whereas the following, third line
is okay because I've carriage-returned “is”.
Has anyone heard of this ? Apart from being maddeningly tedious, is this standard practice? I can't quite figure out the sense of it.