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Re: [Groff] Letterspacing

From: Robert Thorsby
Subject: Re: [Groff] Letterspacing
Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:09:51 +1100

On 27/03/14 13:41:32, Doug McIlroy wrote:
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"]

With respect, Doug, I think you are missing the point.

The debate about whether ragged text is to be preferred to justified is for another time. The discussion here is about what is the better method (or best method) to be used for justifying text.

Many people prefer ragged text, and that is fine. But there are occasions when justifying text is necessary. For those cases let us find the method of doing so that is good/better/best.


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