One year after the original post, I'd like to express continued interest in a property that controls whether the last word on the page can be hyphenated.
- Problems are not limited to Dutch or German text. See for instance p. 2 and 5 of the Wikipedia article on the Soviet Union in the Prince sample documents. The space between the words on the last line is unacceptable for serious work and makes it practically impossible to use Prince whenever you need justified text on large documents.
- It could be more than just a fix awaiting TeX-like line-breaking and justification. Here is what Bringhurst, mentioned a previous post, has to say: "Style books sometimes insist that both parts of a hyphenated word must occur on the same page: in other words, that the last line on a page must never end with a hyphen. But turning the page is not, in itself, an interruption of the reading process. It is far more important to avoid breaking words in those locations where the reader is likely to be distracted by other information. That is, whenever a map, a chart, a photograph, a pull-quote, a sidebar or other interruption intervenes." [The Elements of Typographic Style, v3.1, p. 44]
I don't want to push my luck (and I'm not a programmer), but is it -- technically speaking -- hard to add such a property? If not, I'd like to 'vote' in favor of not pushing the item further down the roadmap. It seems about as important as being able to specify the length of the top border on the @footnotes area. Not important for informal documents or web printings, but still a condition sine qua non for 'traditional' publications.
We are looking at OpenType and ligatures soon, it would break my heart to see Prince's fine typography spoiled by huge gaps in the last line...
Tom De Herdt [http://www.wulfila.be]