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Chapter 16. Typography Controls > Optical Margin Alignment

Optical Margin Alignment

One of the most sophisticated text effects in InDesign is the ability to apply hanging punctuation to justified text in which a slight adjustment of the margin creates a more uniform appearance for the edge of the text. Hanging punctuation is applied by setting the optical margin alignment. This moves punctuation characters slightly outside the text margin . In addition, optical margin alignment moves the serifs of letters outside the margin .

To create the effect of a straight edge, optical margin alignment moves punctuation outside the margin edges.


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