History of text blocks?

Jserrano's picture

Can anyone please, please give me some direction as to where I can find information on the history of paragraph forms?
For example, when text began to be set as flush left rag right and vice versa?
I could really use some help! Thanks a million

Nachos's picture

Although I'm not sure it covers this specific issue, History of Graphic Design by Phillip Meggs is a standard and could be a starting point.

Flush left/rag right would not be any more difficult than full justification whether in a manuscript or a printed document. I would imagine the flush right/ragged left came about with the invention of movable type. Lines set with movable type on a press bed can easily (relatively) be moved from left to right justification whereas a calligrapher would have had a difficult time knowing where to begin the lines of handwriting in order to end them at the same point.

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