Justified Text

Dani Iswara, in a comment on previous post Taking Criticism in Web Design, pointed out that all the blog entries on my site have justified text.

I missed that one, so I promptly removed the justification.

Why?

Justification may lend web sites (and magazines, newspapers, etcetera) a certain aesthetic appeal, creating neatly lined-up left and right margins. However, they do pose some accessibility problems.

To line up those margins prettily, gaps of varying sizes are placed between words. Sometimes, these gaps can be pretty sizable.

For people with cognitive disabilities as well as those with dyslexia, these uneven spaces can be distracting. It can disrupt their ability to follow the flow of words and make reading and understanding the content difficult, if not hopeless.

Whatever the perceived aesthetic value, it just isn’t worth it to me. Big deal that my right margin is jagged and uneven.

4 thoughts on “Justified Text

  1. wongda

    I think the reason is the handling of spacing, not justified text itself. If the implementation support proper hyphenation, the space between words can be minimized and therefore readable like most printed books. I think the problem is css doesn’t support hyphenation.

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