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On Saturday 07 September 2013 05:39:41 AM Virgil Arrington wrote:

No doubt, many publishers are simply publishing the files sent to them that
are created by word processors. 
No, they're not, actually. You don't find publishers using MS Word files, 
which are simply not up to the job.

I'm reading more and more books that are set without true small
caps or old style numbering. Writers and publishers simply accept the faux
small caps generated by their word processors by shrinking regular upper
case letters complete with the corresponding weakening of the lines that
come from the shrinking. 

I think the avoidance of true small caps and old style numbering has more to 
do with the practice of font creators, most of whom omit these features. 

However, for me at least, LO's biggest limitation that disqualifies it for
final publishable work is its justification method. It's line-by-line
justification results in too many word space variations from line to line
and too many hyphenated lines. As an experiment, just prepare the same
document using LO and LaTeX (with the Microtype package). The difference in
the justified lines will be quite obvious.

Any on-the-fly justification is going to be rough. Do you run Tools > Language 
Hyphenation when doing finishing a document? I find that does a lot to 
improve any alignment, even ragged right.

Bruce Byfield 604-421-7189 (on Pacific time)

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