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Why are not using normal justify with last line align left? This would also more useful for longer paragraphs, otherwise you would not see paragraph breaks anyway.
Okay. Been reading up. Full Justify to me means right AND left justify. Meaning no raggedy lines on either side.
Left Justify means, no raggedy on left, but raggedy okay on right.
But that's not what it means to great world, it seem.
"Left Justify" in Indesign means no raggedy on either side, but no spread out lines, either.
Justify for text always means no ragged edges on either side. The InDesign option you are looking at is Justify with last line aligned left.
If you want to allow one side to be ragged, choose Align Left, or Align Right.
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You should look on the symbols in the control panel:
- Left aligned
- Right alligined
- Justified, last line left aligned
- Justified, last line centered
Justified, last line right aligned (without symbol)
- (Forced) Justified
- To the spine
- Away from spine
Most other programs have only one single justify version, that is # 4. InDesign has additional 5 + 6, and also 7 and 8 which no other program has yet.
Don't feel you've made any sort of stupid error here. The terms ID uses have been mixed and inconsistent for years as far as naming the various options in the interface, and you are far from the first user to get caught up in the UI designers' poor choice to shorten Justified - Last Line Aligned Left, to Left Justify in the style dialogs.
Peter, last line aligned left doesn't make sense to me. Because it's not necessarily the last line of a paragraph that causes trouble. It can be a line in the middle of a paragraph that stretches too widely if, say, the word at the end of a sentence is too long for the line and flows to the next line and the remaining words in the sentence don't take up quite enough space and accommodate by stretching leave too much white space between words. But it's okay. It'll have to do. I'm using left justify. Thanks.
Thanks so much for your encouragement. I do feel pretty dumb sometimes. When the program works it's pure magic. But it's tough.
Regarding "too much white space between words", have you considered using hyphenation?
As Ellis says, too much white space usually menas there's no way for the words to break. That can be caused by not allowing hyphantion, or setting no-break, or it can also be that the settings in your paragraph style under Justification are set to allow too much space. Justified text, especially in narrow columns, pretty much demands hyphenation to look good. And, of course, there inevitably turns out be a line sometplace that just can't be composed following the rules you set up, so ID violates them (you can turn on highlghting for that in the Composition section of the prefs). The narrower the column, the more likely you are to see problems.
absolutely astounding, Rob.
Thank you so much!