Is it just me or is there something wrong with the type used in this journal? I'd like to send them a note, but don't know how to put it in words. The lines look irregular, both vertically and horizontally to me, but maybe it is just that the column is too narrow to do full justification at that size?

The full article is here as pdf

I am taking a poll among the cognoscenti here on the proper use of the term "justify" in typography.

Has it become acceptable to use such terms as "justified left," or "left justified"? Does anyone else wince at this?

I was taught many years ago that type can be set centered, justified, flush left or flush right. Those were the only choices. There was no such thing as "justified left" or "justified right." Sometimes we would add "rag right," or "ragged right" to the "flush" direction, or abbreviate "FL/RR," for example. Perhaps the "rag" language has dwindled. Specifying the rag was extra clarification. But in my mind, one should only use "justified" in one way, when both sides of a column are flush. Am I right?

I noticed in the release notes that Apple has added hyphenation to iBooks:

* iBooks now fits more words per page by automatically hyphenating text, available only on iOS 4.2 or later.

Which seems like kind of an odd way to present it, but there it is.

Now if I could only get H&J on my Kindle v1.

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Justifying justification


I'm a graphic design student researching justified text, and wondered if anybody knew of some examples of brilliant (or terrible!) justified text? Previous forums have discussed whether it's a good idea or not, but I'm really looking for real examples of successful justification (possibly including pre-computers and pre-type, as one forum entry mentioned manuscripts written by monks). If anybody could recommend some books too, that'd be great.


Just got an iPad at work. Is there anything with a better composition engine than the native books app on the horizon? It's hurting my soul trying to reconcile the dumb css-style full justification with any conception of this thing as a book killer.

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