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Spacing

Chapter:
Typography
Author(s):

Annette Flanagin

Readability of type depends on the spacing between letters, words, and lines; none of these is independent of the others.Letterspacing refers to the space between letters and other characters. Ideally, the spaces between letters should be balanced. There are no absolute values for optimal letterspacing, but type size and column width are interdependent in design and may affect reading comprehension. Kerning (adjusting the space between characters) is often used to modify spacing between pairs of characters to bring letters closer together or further apart in an attempt to fit words into a defined space (ie, in text that uses justified

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