Re: <ALIGN=JUSTIFY>

Shawn Steele (shawn@aob.org)
Fri, 17 May 1996 09:49:51 -0600


From: Shawn Steele <shawn@aob.org>
Message-Id: <9605170949.ZM19106@aob.org>
Date: Fri, 17 May 1996 09:49:51 -0600
In-Reply-To: www-html-d-request@w3.org
To: www-html@w3.org
Subject: Re: <ALIGN=JUSTIFY>

Regarding the pros and cons of JUSTIFY:

I recently was responsible for designing a print brochure and notice
that justified text looks pretty bad in some circumstances,
particularly when the width of the column is narrow.  Since we can't
control how wide the user's brower is, we don't know how bad it may
look.  For example:
                      
| ******************** This paragraph |
| * Img align=left   * is very narrow |
| *                  * in      width. |
| *                  * Browsers   can |
| ******************** have different |
| sizes depending on individual users |
| preferences.                        |

(where the | are the edge of the browser window)  As you can see, "in
width." didn't work very well.  This could be helped by adjusting the
various spacings, but still it is pretty hard to stretch a few words a
long distance and have it look good.  In print media, the designer can
knows what the end result will be, so its not too difficult to work
around these kinds of problems.  In the above example the word order
could be rearranged or something to make it fit.  Of course hyphenation
would help, but you could still end up with
pretty s
-illy h-
yphenat-
ions.

Just a thought.  I wouldn't mind if there was a justify tag & I might
even use it... carefully.

- shawn

Shawn Steele
Webmaster
Association of Brewers