RE: Justified versus ragged right? (take II)

Subject: RE: Justified versus ragged right? (take II)
From: "Sean Brierley" <sbrierley -at- Accu-Time -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L List" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 28 Oct 2008 11:58:00 -0400

So, is the art of fully-justified paragraphs justifiable for technical
writing, $100 textbooks, etc., in your opinion.

That is, if my content is great and my design is decent, I don't have
the time or resources to tweak formatting on a line or even paragraph

In FrameMaker, I do edit my hyphenation dictionary, but only as it
applies to all my documents. I do not adjust hyphenation on a local,
ad-hoc, or case-by-case basis. Not sure how to do this or even handle
kerning and tracking in Word.

Thoughts as it applies to fully-justified text and ragged right?



-----Original Message-----
From: Geoff Hart [mailto:ghart -at- videotron -dot- ca]
Sent: Tuesday, October 28, 2008 11:53 AM
To: TECHWR-L List; Sean Brierley
Subject: Justified versus ragged right? (take II)

Sean Brierley wondered: <<Are you typesetting--adjusting the spaces
between words and letters and the hyphenation of words--on a line-by-
line, paragraph, or document basis?>>

Yes. <g> In practice, what I do is play with the hyphenation and
justification settings when I first define the paragraph styles, and
apply those globally before I begin layout. If there are any
recurring problems, I edit the styles and try again until things are
basically good.

Next, as I proofread the layout (on the screen initially, in print
finally if the manuscript will be published in printed form), I
manually override any automated decisions that simply didn't work.
InDesign, for instance, has some nutty notions about where to break
words, and I haven't made time to edit their hyphenation dictionary
or create a custom dictionary containing all my own word breaks. Some
day when I have a few hours!

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