RE: Citations for ragged (natural) right margin?

Subject: RE: Citations for ragged (natural) right margin?
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2005 14:26:42 -0400

Hi Geoff,

That may be the right answer, but not to my question. I asked if anyone
knew how to *find* the studies that Leah cites -- so I can read them

Your reply suggests that you've read the Hartely & Burnhill, Coe, and
Misanchuk studies. Can you point me to a URL?



> -----Original Message-----
> From: Geoff Hart
> Sent: Monday, April 25, 2005 2:13 PM
> Cc: Dan Goldstein
> Subject: Citations for ragged (natural) right margin?
> I rarely disagree with Leah, but I have to say that this
> statement is nonsense as written. It's true in the absolute
> sense only if you restrict your discussion to full
> justification without hyphenation, where you can end up with
> horrible rivers, and it's arguably true if the context is (as
> noted in the quoted excerpt) early-90s automated
> justification in Word and other word processors.
> But I defy anyone to produce a well-controlled study in which
> properly typeset justified text is significantly more
> difficult to read than the ragged-right equivalent. All the
> studies I have seen compared apples and oranges, and the
> differences were statistically but not practically
> significant when the justified text was set by someone who
> understood typography.

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