[bksvol-discuss] Re: another formatting question

Dear Katie,

I think you've got it. Right and left justification seems kind of silly to me. When I read print, I could see those straight margins on the left and right, but the words and especially the spaces were irregularly spaced all crowded or stretched to accommodate those margins. I always thought regular spacing was more practical than text contortions to form that straight right margin. When validating books like that I've found up to 8 spaces between words.

It seems there are all manner of printing styles to keep us challenged.

Always with love,

Lissi
----- Original Message ----- From: "Katie Star" <kaitlyn@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: another formatting question



HI Cindy and all:)

Maybe the wild island was fully justified before it went to print. That
could have caused words to be spread out and bunched together on some lines.




Katie Hill
Miracles happen not in opposition to Nature, but in opposition to

what we know of Nature.

-St. Augustine

Saturday June 3 9:20 am

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[mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Lisa Belville
Sent: Saturday, June 03, 2006 2:47 AM
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Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: another formatting question

Hi, Cindy.

I read my books with speech, and I have never noticed any difference
depending on how lines are justified. However, the gaps between words might


be a pain for Braille users, so maybe left justifying is the way to go.

The reason the fully justified lines have large spaces between words is
because the word processor is trying to line both the right and left margins


up perfectly straight, and so it moves words around to make this happen. I
can remember seeing what this looks like when I read print and it could look


kind of funky.  <smiles>

Lisa

----- Original Message ----- From: "Cindy" <popularplace@xxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Saturday, June 03, 2006 2:42 AM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] another formatting question



I'm asking this belatedly, having been validating
books for several years (I've forgotten how many, and
my profile doesn't say when I started), but as I
looked at a line in the file i'm validating now---

In some book files the alignment of the text is
justified, and in others it's flush left. I usually
leave it as it is, and when I submit a book I make it
flush left. Looking at the justified lines, I realized
suddenly that there are sometimes large spaces between
words--this never happens when the text is flush left.
Does it make a  difference to you braille and audio
readers? Would flush left be better? I don't remember
that the instructions ever said.

Cindy

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