Let’s begin by pinning down what hard line wrapping really is:
- If a text includes new-line characters (the character you type when hitting the return key) to wrap long lines, the text uses hard line wraps.
- If the text only uses new-line characters in the end of paragraphs, i.e. lets long lines flow to the end of the application window, it uses soft line wraps.
An example of a soft-wrapped text
An example of a hard-wrapped text
Before you hard-wrap your tex-file consider the following…
…I might prefer longer lines than you
By hard-wrapping you impose your preferred line width upon me. By avoiding hard-wrapping you allow me to soft-wrap at whatever line-width I want.
…I might have a narrower editor/terminal than you
What if my text editor is a bit narrower than
hard-wrapped lines might end up like this in
my editor. This
quite annoying and definitely harder to read.
…it sometimes prevents navigation by search
If I read a PDF-version of your document and want to jump to the corresponding point in the latex document I want to be able to search for a sequence of words. This will be impossible if the sequence of words has a hard-wrap somewhere in it.
…it might be hard to go back!
As far as I know there is no way of easily going back to “soft-wrap” or “long lines”.