Text alignment... any idea?

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Hi everyone
Does anyone know how to align texts? I only see left, right or center, I am looking for the option that allows me to align a text from the left and the right at the same time so it would look nicer on the page.
Any suggestions?
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Posted 9 years ago

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Hi Rola,

As you mentioned, you can left, center or right justify your text using the Text Editing Toolbar. This toolbar will appear when you have clicked inside a Text Widget.

There are a number of reasons why the full-justify text option is not available. While the neat block of text looks attractive at a glance, if your intention is to have your visitors actually read the text, you may wish to reconsider. Firstly, reading text on a screen, is different to reading on a page, and the human eye needs the rough edges to help keep its place on the screen.

A far bigger concern is that justified text does not display in the same way on the different browsers that your viewers may be using. For example, text that is correctly justified in one browser may be stretched across a row in another in order to make it fit. Or words may be repeated from the end of one line to the beginning of the next.

Justifying text is a convention in printed media but not on the web. Even online newspapers do not justify their text. Look at The Wall Street Journal's website as an example: http://online.wsj.com/home-page.

I can also recommend this article: http://www.netmechanic.com/news/vol5/.... If, after reading that article, you still wish to justify your page I will be happy to help you find an HTML code that will do that for you.
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Excellent answer, Justine! Years ago I had a website that had an HTML code that employed text justification for a very small block of text (was 2 sentences or so) and it worked great. However, one day whilst farting around with the coding, I accidentally moved the code and it affected the whole page worth of text and it was a TOTAL nightmare to try to read anything for more than a few minutes. It looked very nice and neat but it wasn't usable by any stretch. You're very correct that print media is a hugely different animal than web media text and although we like to associate web pages as just electronic versions of traditional printed media, it's really a different mechanism in our brains that deciphers it all.
To be honest, Rola, I'd take Justine's advice on this one unless you only need to have a small block of text on your page justified (like a full page of text but you want to emphasize a quote or a sentence in the middle or on the side of the page - that isn't a big deal).
Peach :o)~
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Thank you both for your answers. It makes sense now why text justification is not available. I will forget about it and just use the left alignment.
Cheers :)
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Well, but what about the situation, when the most important target for a page is to be goog looking? Potential clients are nor suppose to read everything (unless somebody writes some essays) - especially boring "Terms and Conditions" etc, - they are suppose to like it, read some most important phrases, catch the bait, click and purchase.

And the text is suppose to be attractive for search engines - they probably do not care if it is justified or not.

Sorry to be frank, but sometimes that is the case.