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Old 06-17-2012, 07:52 PM   #1
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Text messages justified or left aligned?

Hello

I'm designing an ebook in which a couple of the protagonists send text messages to each other, which are quoted in the book, and I'm trying to work out a way to show the text message in a distinctive way. I can't just use italics since the author uses italics in four or five different ways - emails, postcards, text messages, inner thoughts, and (occasionally) for emphasis.

Is the text in a text message on an iPhone justified, or left aligned?

I don't have an iPhone, and rarely use the cell phone I have.
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Old 06-17-2012, 08:02 PM   #2
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Put the text messages in a sans-serif font. That would show a difference.
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Put the text messages in a sans-serif font. That would show a difference.
Thanks, Jon. But the standard font in the ebooks I do is sans-serif, and I have used serif font for the postcards.

I suppose I could use monospace, but I'd rather match the appearance I use for text messages as much as possible to what shows on an iPhone screen.
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Thanks, Jon. But the standard font in the ebooks I do is sans-serif, and I have used serif font for the postcards.

I suppose I could use monospace, but I'd rather match the appearance I use for text messages as much as possible to what shows on an iPhone screen.
iphone messages are left aligned.
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Old 06-18-2012, 01:40 AM   #5
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Thanks, kyteflyer
Text messages on the iPhone are displayed in a "speech bubble" - perhaps you could use something like that as a distinguishing feature?
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Text messages on the iPhone are displayed in a "speech bubble" - perhaps you could use something like that as a distinguishing feature?
Thanks, Harry. That's an interesting idea.
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Thanks, Jon. But the standard font in the ebooks I do is sans-serif, and I have used serif font for the postcards.

I suppose I could use monospace, but I'd rather match the appearance I use for text messages as much as possible to what shows on an iPhone screen.
Um... sans-serif for the body font... That's just wrong. There is a poll on MR that states that most people prefer a serif font for reading. And to be honest, when I see a book in sans-serif, I think pirated with a poor conversion or someone who doesn't have a clue on how to make a good looking eBook.
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Um... sans-serif for the body font... That's just wrong. There is a poll on MR that states that most people prefer a serif font for reading. And to be honest, when I see a book in sans-serif, I think pirated with a poor conversion or someone who doesn't have a clue on how to make a good looking eBook.
Let's agree to differ.
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Um... sans-serif for the body font... That's just wrong. There is a poll on MR that states that most people prefer a serif font for reading. And to be honest, when I see a book in sans-serif, I think pirated with a poor conversion or someone who doesn't have a clue on how to make a good looking eBook.
To each their own. Why would you think it is pirated?
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To each their own. Why would you think it is pirated?
Because a lot of poor conversions come out in Mobi as sans-serif where most legal Mobi are serif.
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