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Chapter 7. Typography > Hanging punctuation

Hanging punctuation

If you're setting text that starts or ends with punctuation and that is larger or more noticeable than standard body text (a pull quote in an article, for example, or a quotation on a book jacket), the paragraph alignment will look more correct and more pleasing if the punctuation hangs outside the main body of the text.

How to do it. Unfortunately, it's not a flick-of-the-switch operation, like a drop cap. Here are a couple of methods: Create a hanging indent using either positive or negative indents (see page 86), or use the Indent Here character (see page 87) . (You could also use this technique to hang a large initial cap.)


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