Hinky hyphenation

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Sep 07, 2022 Sep 07, 2022

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Has anyone noticed the terrible hyphenation errors in the latest version of InD? I'm finding so many mis-hyphenations, it seems I have to check every third one! I've checked my hyphenation settings, and they seem fine (see attached). 

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Community Expert , Sep 07, 2022 Sep 07, 2022

InDesign’s hyphenation is dictionary based. You need to apply a language (in the Character panel) to text to tell InDesign which language’s dictionary to use. If the text has no language InDesign will use an algorithm which is not as accurate. If the text has the wrong language applied then InDesign might not find the words in its dictionary and still use an algorithm. Check to see if the right language it applied.

 

Other causes of poor hyphenation can be narrow columns that require aggresive h

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Community Expert , Sep 07, 2022 Sep 07, 2022
  1. What language has your paragraph style?
  2. Did you apply any character style? What language does this style have?
  3. Do you have any manually formatted text without any style? If so, did you alter the text language?
  4. Are the dictionaries set up in preferences correct?

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InDesign’s hyphenation is dictionary based. You need to apply a language (in the Character panel) to text to tell InDesign which language’s dictionary to use. If the text has no language InDesign will use an algorithm which is not as accurate. If the text has the wrong language applied then InDesign might not find the words in its dictionary and still use an algorithm. Check to see if the right language it applied.

 

Other causes of poor hyphenation can be narrow columns that require aggresive hyphenation that might not be ideal.

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Sep 08, 2022 Sep 08, 2022

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No narrow columns, but I will check the dictionary. Thanks!!

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  1. What language has your paragraph style?
  2. Did you apply any character style? What language does this style have?
  3. Do you have any manually formatted text without any style? If so, did you alter the text language?
  4. Are the dictionaries set up in preferences correct?

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Thanks, I'll check all those things. Much appreciated!

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