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#1 2007-04-03 23:16:22

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From: Saginaw, Michigan, U.S.A.
Registered: 2004-05-23
Posts: 9

Is justified text a design faux pas?

I rarely see justified text one the web. Is there a reason to this?


#2 2007-04-03 23:41:34

From: London
Registered: 2005-11-03
Posts: 14

Re: Is justified text a design faux pas?

It is less easy to read, but if the text is unlikely to be read(?) then it can have better form. I often do justified text in comps but then just align it left when live. Depends how clued the client is.


#3 2007-04-04 08:00:10

From: Germany
Registered: 2005-01-20
Posts: 2,662

Re: Is justified text a design faux pas?

One reason is that most (all?) browsers don’t hyphenate (yet) so justifying text can result in large word spacing and ‘holes’ in the block of text. The problem is especially pronounced when columns are narrow. Text where the words are far apart are difficult to read and digest. Generally speaking if the space between the words is larger than the space between the lines, the danger of the eye skipping lines when reading is greater.

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#4 2007-04-04 18:33:05

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Registered: 2005-03-12
Posts: 1,253

Re: Is justified text a design faux pas?

There’s another reason, to avoid the justify property value, specifically for paragraphs, in the case, where you want to do multi-lingual publishing with both ltr and rtl languages ( like arab for example).

In this case, rtl localized page content would get a right justified property, while ltr content get’s a left justified one.
This makes it more natural to follow for the reader, as it follows more closely both typographical conventions.

regards, marios

Last edited by marios (2007-04-04 18:35:11)

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