Hanging parentheses

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Hanging parentheses
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I'm not a typographer, so I'm sorry if this is a dumb question.

I have a weird urge to move the parentheses so they hang outside the block of text, or shift them up a bit so they hug the letters more tidily.

Is this a completely rubbish idea?

Any advice appreciated. Thank you.

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Because parentheses are designed to work with upper- and lowercase letters, they should be shifted up anyway when used with all caps. But I don't think they warrant hanging in the margin. That is reserved for punctuation that is smaller, doesn't fill the character space, like periods, quotes, and dashes.

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Joined: 13 Jul 2004 - 11:00am
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InDesign's Story feature will half hang them. Might help the look without calling attention.