Dont Fear the Hyphen

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Don t Fear the Hyphen

THERE'S A LOT OF PREJUDICE against the poor hyphen. Some designers feel that hyphens are ugly and to be avoided at all costs, as if a broken word is somehow inferior to a word with no hyphens. I believe the humble hyphen is our friend. We live in a world of compromises andas long as the hyphenation breaks make sensehyphens are preferable to the evils of bad word spacing in justified type, or uneven rags in ragged type. Besides, we're used to reading hyphenated text. We do it without thinking, rarely if ever pausing to consider the hyphen's service to the cause of readability. Hyphenation also allows more words to fit on a line, which saves space. That said, a hyphen is only as good as its settings, so it's important to be familiar with InDesign's hyphenation options.

Hyphenation rules vary from one style manual to another and from one language to anotherthe English UK dictionary will hyphenate differently than the English USA dictionary. So make sure you're familiar with your house style and that you have the correct dictionary applied to your type.

Good hyphenation can be labor-intensive. Manually adjusting hyphenation should be one of the fine-tuning stages of your publication. Because text invariably gets edited throughout the production process, line endings will change. There's no point investing time in getting the hyphenation right until you know exactly what you're up against. Try to get your client to sign off on the text content before you start manually tweaking the hyphenation. Andan obvious pointalways start at the beginning of the story and work forward.


Part I: Character Formats

Getting Started

Going with the Flow

Character Reference

Getting the Lead Out

Kern, Baby, Kern

Sweating the Small Stuff: Special Characters, White Space, and Glyphs

OpenType: The New Frontier in Font Technology

Part II: Paragraph Formats

Aligning Your Type

Paragraph Indents and Spacing

First Impressions: Creating Great Opening Paragraphs

Dont Fear the Hyphen

Mastering Tabs and Tables

Part III: Styles

Stylin with Paragraph and Character Styles

Mo Style

Part IV: Page Layout

Setting Up Your Document

Everything in Its Right Place: Using Grids

Text Wraps: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Type Effects



InDesign Type. Professional Typography with Adobe InDesign CS2
InDesign Type: Professional Typography with Adobe InDesign CS2
ISBN: 0321385446
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2004
Pages: 186
Authors: Nigel French

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