Re: Ragged Right

Subject: Re: Ragged Right
From: Arlen -dot- P -dot- Walker -at- JCI -dot- COM
Date: Wed, 7 Feb 1996 14:17:00 -0600

That is true of mono-spaced type. Modern word processers on GUI
systems such as the Macintosh and MS Windows avoid that problem by
spacing between letters. Pick up virtually any novel, short-story
collection, or magazine and you'll find that the pages are right and
left justified.

Yes, "rivers" are bad. No, spacing between letters doesn't always do away
with rivers. The biggest determinant seems to be width of column. Wide
columns give good type-handlers plenty of opportunity to do away with
rivers. The narrower the column, the more likely the rivers will survive.

BTW, not all GUI word processors are created equally in this regard. Some
will do a much better job than others at adjusting the kerning. It took MS
Word, for example, a long time to have that kind of control added to it,
and it's not all that good at it. DTP software will do a much better job of
this than *any* word processor.


Have fun,
Arlen
Chief Managing Director In Charge, Department of Redundancy Department
DNRC 124

Arlen -dot- P -dot- Walker -at- JCI -dot- Com
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