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Hyphenation on the Web

As it has been stated many times in the past, typesetting on the web is difficult, if not, near impossible. The lack of full control for tracking and kerning forces many web authors to forgo true justification of text and settle for the option of ragged-right alignment. But, as is evidenced by almost every web page, even this form of formatting text for the screen does not prevent the inelegant display of words and paragraphs.

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The Scaling of Type

Much like Mr. Dadich, I have never—and I mean never—adjusted the text size of any website. And although I appreciate and understand the issue of accessibility and the concern over readability, as a reader I would not consider overriding the graphical decisions made by the designer of a site or author of its content. For me, this issue of type scaling goes beyond an argument of accommodation; it’s a struggle over who has rights to content, the reader or the author.

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Starting From Scratch

Back when I was a hi-fi nut, in order to satiate my need for aural bliss, I decided one day to build an audio amplifier from scratch. I made this decision without knowing amplifier design, audio circuit theory or the most basic of electrical equations, ohm’s law.