I am looking for a text editor that can break lines at syllable boundaries and not only at word boundaries, the latter being the default for products like Microsoft Word or Notepad++.

My purpose is to have nicely laid out texts, like in printed books, as I am not completely satisfied with the looks of Justified Text.

I am specifically searching for a solution for the Italian language.


  • Afaik libreoffice can do that.
    – peterh
    May 20 '20 at 13:00
  • > "Afaik libreoffice can do that" See ask.libreoffice.org/en/question/204089/… It works for English, not for Italian :-(
    – scitlec
    Jul 27 '20 at 7:34
  • That is sad. I've seen libreoffice doing that for languages with 1/6 so many native speakers than Italian. Finché vivi, c'è speranza.
    – peterh
    Jul 27 '20 at 7:51

Latex is capable of doing this, if you are willing to go that route. An example:



Il contratto di trasporto concluso ai sensi delle Condizioni Generali,
di norma, è relativo all’utilizzo da parte del passeggero di un singolo
treno ed è rappresentato da un titolo di viaggio che legittima il
medesimo ad usufruire del servizio ferroviario prescelto.



Screenshot of resulting pdf

(text taken from travel conditions of trenitalia)

Note that of course the editor does not do the wrapping - you write whole words -, but it is done during compiling the resulting pdf.

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