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Chapter 6. Type and Typography > Widow and Orphan Control

Widow and Orphan Control

I mean no disrespect to widows and orphans, but when it comes to typesetting, we must carefully control them, stamping out their very existence when we have the chance.

If you know what I'm talking about already, bear with me, or skip this paragraph (or test whether you can remember which is the widow and which is the orphan). A widow is the last line of a paragraph that winds up all by itself at the top of a column or page. An orphan is the first line of a paragraph that lands all by itself at the bottom of a column or page. I like the following mnemonic device: “widows” sounds like “windows,” which are high up (top of the page), whereas “orphans” makes me think of tiny Oliver (who was small, and thus, at the bottom of the page).


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