Re: Justified versus ragged right? (take III)

Subject: Re: Justified versus ragged right? (take III)
From: "Michael West" <mbwest -at- bigpond -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 29 Oct 2008 22:00:31 +1100

> Gutenberg used RJ text, but from what I can see in on-line pictures of
> his books, he hyphenated with abandon. Also, he put punctuation that
> fell at line's end (including hyphens) to the right of the column edge.
> So RR is battling against an ancient tradition, probably derived from
> styles established by scribes.

The opposite is true. Hand-lettered manuscripts of Gutenberg's time had
uneven line lengths.

Gutenberg's contraption required a wooden frame that held the rows of type
in place; this in turn required the rows to be of equal length.

Mike West


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