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#lang pollen
(define-meta title "justified text")
hanging-topic[(topic-from-metas metas)]{Your choice, but hyphenation
is required}
em{Justified text} is spaced so the left and right sides of the text block both have a clean edge. The usual alternative to justified text is em{left-aligned text}, which has an uneven right edge. Compared to left-aligned text, justification gives text a cleaner, more formal look.
Justification works by adding white space between the words in each line so all the lines are the same length. This alters the ideal spacing of the font, but in paragraphs of reasonable width its usually not distracting.
indented{image[#:border #f "justified-text-sample-1.svg"]}
If youre using justified text, you must also turn on xref{hyphenation} to prevent gruesomely large spaces between words. Ive been surprised at how many lawyers quibble with this advice. On what grounds? Its just not how we do things. Im afraid theres no room for debate on this point, as the consequences are often dire
indented{image[#:border #f "justified-text-sample-2.svg"]}
Justification is a matter of personal preference. It is not a signifier of professional typography. For instance, most major U.S. newspapers and magazines use a mix of justified and left-aligned text. Books, on the other hand, tend to be justified.