Monday, August 27, 2012

Hyphens do not poison books. USE them, dammit.


  • The increasing use of cellphones and VoIP is leading to the acceptance of telephone calls with noise that would not have been tolerated in 1950!
  • The increasing use of the Internet (where the appearance of a website is affected by the web browser and PC of the person viewing the site), and the increasing use of e-books (where the appearance of a book page is controlled by the reading device, and the person who is reading) is leading to the acceptance of UGH-LEE printed books.
It doesn't have to be that way. We should not have to read ugh-lee printed books.

I AM GETTING PARTICULARLY FED UP WITH PEOPLE WHO TRY TO TEACH PUBLISHING, BUT MAKE FUNDAMENTAL ERRORS IN THEIR OWN BOOKS. Avoiding hyphens leads to unnecessary big gaps between words in "justified" text, as in the two book bits shown below.


 

There seem to be three reasons for not hyphenating words in a printed book:
  1. Ignorance
  2. Laziness
  3. Stupidity
A reason is not an excuse. There is no excuse for making an ugh-lee printed book. Ugh-lee books show contempt for the reader and should not be printed or tolerated.

Not every book can be beautiful, but no book should be ugh-lee.



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  1. Hmmm. I just don't find the spaces unattractive.

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