Character and Word Spacing

Character spacing allows you to adjust the space surrounding each character. Each character in a font is designed with a certain amount of space around it. You can increase or decrease this space with character spacing.

Word spacing allows you to adjust the space surrounding each word. The space character in each font determines the size of the space between words. You can increase or decrease this space with word spacing.

Character stretch allows you to adjust the display width of each character. Very small amounts of stretch will be unnoticed and can help even out the white space in a paragraph. You can increase and decrease this stretch with character stretch.

PageStream allows you to specify minimum, optimum and maximum values for character and word spacing, and character stretch. If your text is unjustified (blocked left, right or centered), the only values which apply are the optimum values. Zero percent optimum character spacing uses the font's designed spacing. Positive values increase the space around the characters and negative values decrease the space. 100% optimum word spacing uses the font's designed width for the space character. Larger values increase the size of the space and smaller values decrease the space. 100% optimum character strech uses the fonts' designed character widths. Larger values increase the width and smaller values decrease the width.

If your text is justified, PageStream will attempt to space characters and words and stretch characters to match the optimum values. It will be unable to match the optimum value and will have to add or remove small amounts of space and increase or decrease the character widths by small amounts.

You can set the minimum and maximum amount of space that PageStream can add or remove between characters and words in justified text and the minimum and maximum amount of character stretch. PageStream never spaces or stretches characters or words closer than the minimum values, but it may exceed the maximum space values if there is no other way to justify the text. PageStream will never stretch a character less than the minimum or more than the maximum character stretch.

To set character spacing: Choose Tracking from the Type menu to display the Tracking dialog box. Enter the minimum, optimum and maximum character spacing values. You cannot enter a minimum of less than -300% or a maximum greater than 300%. The minimum must be less than or equal to the optimum, which must be less than or equal to the maximum.

To set word spacing: Choose Tracking from the Type menu to display the Tracking dialog box. Enter the minimum, optimum and maximum word spacing values. You cannot enter a minimum of less than 0% or a maximum of greater than 650%. The minimum must be less than or equal to the optimum, which must be less than or equal to the maximum.

To set character stretch: Choose Tracking from the Type menu to display the Tracking dialog box. Enter the minimum, optimum and maximum character stretch values. You cannot enter a minimum of less than 0% or a maximum of greater than 650%. The minimum must be less than or equal to the optimum, which must be less than or equal to the maximum.

 

Character and Word Spacing  Sub-Section  url:PGSuser/character#anchor204660
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