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The Evil Widows & Orphans

Personally I can't stand widows and orphans and I've encountered a number of designers that pay no attention to them, some of them don't even know what they are. A shame really. Anyway, one thing I don't like about Wordpress is how there's almost no way to easily control the typography of each post. In comes Typogrify, a plug-in originally created by Christian Metts for Django and ported to WP by Hamish. It's an excellent little plug-in that includes the Smartypants and Widont engines. Here's what it can do: - Prevents text "widows". - Run text through SmartyPants. - Wrap initial quotes (and French style (Guillemets) quotes) in class='dquo' or class='quo' depending on if they are single or double. - Wrap ampersands in class='amp'. - Wrap multiple adjacent capital letters in class='caps'. - Add a thinspace before and after en and em dashes. - And of course it has a function to do all of the above. I love the damn thing and it will make my life more fulfilling. If you run a WP blog download the plug-in so we can do away with Widows & Orphans once and for all! Via I Love Typography        

3 Comments on "The Evil Widows & Orphans"

  • Thanks a lot mate ;)

  • Robert says

    Okay thank you for agree­ing that they are evil. But, it’s hard to defend this idea when there is a orphan on the head­line!
    Now I have to defend the loathing of wid­ows and orphans to some­one that saw one on a blog fight­ing against it!

  • Antonio says

    Haha good catch Robert. I just switched over to this new theme and I’ve been going through old posts to fix these issues. Fixed!