Message: Overfull or underfull boxes
Version: 3.x, 4.x, 5.x - Scientific WorkPlace & Scientific Word
The compilation messages that appear in the LaTeX window and the .log file may contain frequent instances of messages like these:
Overfull \hbox (xxpt too wide) in paragraph at lines 186-187
Underful \hbox (badness 10000) detected at line 47
Overfull \vbox (xxpt too high) has occurred while \output is active
Underfull \vbox (badness 10000) has occurred while \output is active
The warnings indicate the LaTeX cannot appropriately fit material into the horizontal or vertical space available, creating typeset lines or pages that are too long or too short. The message may indicate where in the document the problem has occurred, as in the first two examples, or may indicate that the problem occurred during the formatting of running headers and footers, as in the last two examples. The numbers in parentheses indicate the severity of the problem.
You can ignore these messages until you're ready to make final formatting adjustments to your document. When you examine your typeset document, you may be satisfied with the spacing, despite the warnings. In that case, no action is required.
However, if the overfull or underfull condition is extreme, LaTeX may have created awkward word, line, or page breaks.
Last revised 06/15/06