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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!