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Old 04-08-2012, 07:24 AM   #1
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Spacing between words

On e-readers these days when a word dosent fit on the line it moves down a line and the previous lines spacing adjusts to fit text across the full width of the page. The readers do this automatically.

Is there a way to do this in Sigil with the last line of a paragraph so all lines spread the width of the page?
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Old 04-08-2012, 09:09 AM   #2
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That's done in CSS, with this in your html,
Code:
<p class="justify">Some text</p>
and this in your CSS,
Code:
.justify{text-align:justify}

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On e-readers these days when a word dosent fit on the line it moves down a line and the previous lines spacing adjusts to fit text across the full width of the page. The readers do this automatically.

Is there a way to do this in Sigil with the last line of a paragraph so all lines spread the width of the page?
If you're asking if there's a way to guarantee that entire paragraphs could be perfectly justified—with every, single line extending margin-to-margin and never resulting in a shorter, left-justified final line... I'm pretty sure the answer is no.
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Old 04-08-2012, 05:37 PM   #4
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If you're asking if there's a way to guarantee that entire paragraphs could be perfectly justified—with every, single line extending margin-to-margin and never resulting in a shorter, left-justified final line... I'm pretty sure the answer is no.
I guarantee that the answer is no, and moreover, even if you could do it, it would look heinous; it would emulate ye olden "rivers of white" that plagued us all before the advent of automatic hyphenation back in the early days of word-processing. And, for that matter, badly-typed items, before the advent of word-processing.

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I guarantee that the answer is no, and moreover, even if you could do it, it would look heinous; it would emulate ye olden "rivers of white" that plagued us all before the advent of automatic hyphenation back in the early days of word-processing. And, for that matter, badly-typed items, before the advent of word-processing.

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I guarantee that the answer is no, and moreover, even if you could do it, it would look heinous; it would emulate ye olden "rivers of white" that plagued us all before the advent of automatic hyphenation back in the early days of word-processing. And, for that matter, badly-typed items, before the advent of word-processing.
Agreed. I realize I did waffle a bit in my response, but only because my "Nope. You can't do that." rubber stamp is in the shop, and I was forced to improvise.
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In CSS3 there is text-align-last. Maybe some future ePub 3 reader supports it...
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Some day in a world far away, there will be enough power in e readers to repetitively reformat the entire book so that the justification will be perfect throughout. Someday..sigh.
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Ick.
I like my paragraphs to have a little character. Something to make them not look exactly like the previous and the next one. Sometimes, I switch to ragged-right when reading simply because I get tired of staring at screen after screen of sterile, justified text.
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Ick.
I like my paragraphs to have a little character. Something to make them not look exactly like the previous and the next one. Sometimes, I switch to ragged-right when reading simply because I get tired of staring at screen after screen of sterile, justified text.
Exactly!

I do try and style a series to be all the same look.

But I like to play with Chapter headings, Initial paragraphs and scene breaks
for variety on various titles
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Ick.
I like my paragraphs to have a little character. Something to make them not look exactly like the previous and the next one. Sometimes, I switch to ragged-right when reading simply because I get tired of staring at screen after screen of sterile, justified text.
Actually, the thought of reading/viewing page after page of blocked text, stretching from margin-to-margin, with, what, a line of white between each, so you know it's a new para, (because even just using first-line indent alone would still have, IMHO, serious massing/volume issues) kinda makes me want to hurl. That's fine for manuals, but for novels, or anything I'm going to have to read, sequentially and in a sitting that will be a block of time... eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!

Yeah, I kinda like the plain-old, plain old, first-line-indent, occasionally justified, sometimes not, text for "bulk" reading. I have lost track of how many manuscripts I get in here from authors who use block paragraphs, with a line of horizontal whitespace between, and I find it horribly unconducive to ease of reading. JMHO, natch.

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