Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Typography: Care about how sentences are looked, read and understood

Do you care about words and how they look, read, and are understood? 24 Ways mentioned the need to manicure the right rag. There are 5 possible violations that we should be mindful of.

Violation 1. Never break a line immediately following a preposition
Solution 1: Are there any prepositions in the text? If so, add a   after them.

Violation 2. Never break a line immediately following a dash
Solution 2: Are there any dashes? If so, add a   after them.

Violation 3. No small words at the end of a line
Solution 3: Are there any words of fewer than three characters that you haven't already added spaces to? If so, add a   after them.

Violation 4. Hyphenation
Solution 4: Are there any emphasised groups of words either two or three words long? If so, add a   in between them.

Violation 5. Don't break emphasised phrases of three or fewer words
Solution 5: Are there emphasised phrases of three or fewer words? If so, try not to break the line among them. Group them.

To implement the above on your blog or website itself, you may try out this script on GitHub.

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