Hyphenation with flush left text

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Hyphenation with flush left text
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Hello all, this question is in regards to body copy for print. My AD uses hyphens with flush left text but I was taught only to hyphenate with justified text. I agree it does create better rags but it just seems wrong to me. What are your thoughts?

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Joined: 6 Apr 2017 - 12:10pm
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It looks really stupid to me. Use hyphenation only with justified text!

Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson's picture
Joined: 19 Nov 2010 - 11:15am
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It does not look like a bad practice to me, at least in moderation; but then I only read text – I do not write any.

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It's not a problem either way, but really depends on line length—hyphenation being added to shorter lines for a nicer rag.

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Depending on the usecase, do it wisely, sparsely and/or to create visually appealing rags that also contribute to a proper outline leading to better readability. Try to use hyphens only in places that do not disturb the text's legibility (i.e. where two significant parts of a compound word meet, before/after pre-/suffixes, don't hyphenate proper names or in problematic cases like "anal-phabetic"). If you cannot spend time and effort to do it properly, avoid it completely. This question also relates to different languages and national/regional conventions or norms with regard to typesetting, which are in part defined by language structure – e.g. agglutinating languages will likely have to use hyphenation in order to avoid underfull lines.

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Thanks for the reply all! It's good hearing from different perspectives.