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Chapter 23. Paragraph Formatting > Single-line vs. Paragraph Composers

Single-line vs. Paragraph Composers

Composition is the complex process of fitting words into lines by weighing the hyphenation and justification settings (which we discuss in detail on the next page) and the break-points specified in hyphenation dictionaries (which we discuss in Chapter 21).

Single-line composers—like the ones in QuarkXPress and PageMaker—only set one line of type at a time, ignoring the lines above and below it. The result of this process is that, while many lines may look fine, some lines in a paragraph will be looser or tighter, giving an overall unevenness to the “color” of justified type.


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