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Re: [Groff] Letterspacing

From: Doug McIlroy
Subject: Re: [Groff] Letterspacing
Date: Wed, 26 Mar 2014 22:41:32 -0400
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Neither column of the side-by-side display looks very
good to me. The normal-spacing column is definitely
thin. The reduced-spaceing column is patchy--thick
in places and thin (by comparison) in others. I
prefer unjustified text to either. Besides having
more uniform density, it offers landmarks--the
profile of the right margin--to help the eye
maintain vertical focus. Justification of narrow
columns is a kind of circus trick, like that of
the dog in Dr. Johnson's famous quip. [Google
Johnson "hinder legs"]

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