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Alignment

Let's start with the most blatant paragraph attribute—its alignment. Most people are familiar with the five horizontal alignment options: left aligned, right aligned, justified, force justified, and centered. I will discuss each of these first, then move on to a less-known feature: vertical alignment.

Horizontal Alignment

If you've been involved with desktop typography long enough (a day or two), you'll know that different programs have different names for the same thing. For example, what QuarkXPress calls “left aligned” others may call “left justified” or “flush left/ragged right.” I'm not going to start naming names, but QuarkXPress's terms are simpler and make more sense. For one thing, “justified” means only one thing: text that's flush to both left and right margins. “Fully justified” is redundant, and “left-justified” is…well, it just isn't. Figure 6-15 shows some examples of text with various horizontal alignments.


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