[reportlab-users] Really long words

Tim Roberts timr at probo.com
Tue Jun 28 14:01:45 EDT 2005

On Tue, 28 Jun 2005 11:00:06 -0400, "Chad Miller" 
<Chad.Miller at veritas.com> wrote:

>>> From: Bogdan Maryniuk [mailto:bo at bitute.b4net.lt]
>>> Sent: Tuesday, 28 June, 2005 10:18
>>> [...]
>>> May I ask you what *exactly* hyphenation you're talking about 
>>> thus and thus
>>> should be implemented in RL? I mean, English? Russian? 
>>> Japanese? Zulu?..
>Yes.  (Perhaps not Japanese or other ideographic languages.)
>Your tone suggests that you think it's not a solved problem, BM.  
>Read up on TeX.

Yes, TeX does hyphenation, but it is anything but simple.  In my MikTeX 
setup, there is at least 100,000 lines of "stuff" to do the 
hyphenation.  That's stretching the "fast/simple" philosophy of ReportLab.

In my view, if you really need that level of sophistication, you might 
as well have your Python code generate LaTeX, and let the LaTeX tools 
create the PDF.  If TeX were more ubiquitous, that's what I'd do.

Tim Roberts, timr at probo.com
Providenza & Boekelheide, Inc.

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