Is anyone else made crazy by going through the file for the print edition to make sure hyphenation is correct? Perhaps there is a better way.
I use Scrivener for composing, but for final print preparation I export to Word, Once all the other settings are correct, I go through the document using Word's manual hyphenation routine, checking each suggestion against CMOS guidelines and common sense. Word has a few things built in, like a way to avoid hyphen stacks, and it always splits between syllables, as it should, but it doesn't obey other CMOS standards, like not leaving a single letter at the end of a line or two letters at the beginning. After fixing the hyphenation, I go back through the manuscript again to check for appearance, because Word makes it hard to see the context during manual hyphenation. I end up with a satisfactory result, but it takes about a full working day to do it. Anyone have a better method?
Also, what's the consensus on worrying about widows and orphans? I used to use widow and orphan control in Word, but I didn't like the resulting uneven look at the bottom of the page. It looks better to me for the pages to have a uniform bottom margin, the only exception being if the last page of the chapter ends up with only a single line of text, which luckily doesn't seem to be happening anywhere in the current manuscript.