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Text Flow in OpenOffice.org Writer

Sep 24, 2007, 06:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)


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"Most people are content to let their word processor determine hyphenation and text breaks for them. And, most of the time, the result is acceptable if they do. However, just as the default justification can be improved if you want to take the time, so can the text flow. OpenOffice.org has the tools you need, but improving the text flow is as much about knowing the conventions of text flow (what you might think of as the typographical grammar) as the settings themselves.


"Unknown to most people, hyphenation follows strict rules. Or, to be exact, it does so in professional typography; digital layout is much looser. These rules are neatly summarized in Robert Bringhurst's The Elements of Typographical Style, which is widely considered the Bible of modern typography, and is certainly the most concise guide to type layout ever written..."

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