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justified

A method of setting type in a paragraph so that all lines are of equal length by adjusting the space between words or, less frequently, the space between letters, so that the lines begin and end in the same place. Most reading matter is set justified, because this arrangement is best suited for sustained reading comfort. The page assumes a quiet look and does not distract the reader. Its predictability allows the reader to concentrate on the content rather than on the design. Justified type is recommended whenever the reading material is lengthy, such as in a novel, or whenever the designer wishes the type areas to remain quiet on the page. Compare to ragged.

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