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The amount of space between the things on either side of a dash should be much greater than between things separated by a hyphen. Using a proper em dash in a proportionally-spaced font will achieve this correct spacing without need for any additional space. When it is not possible to use a proper em dash, there are two conventions in use--either use two ...


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There is no rationale to the best of my knowledge. It's a convention — one that's different in different places. For example in the UK it's much more common to see spaces or thin-spaces around em-dashes, or a spaced en-dash used instead of the closed em-dash. Long discussion on variations and what different style guides say at ...


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Use examples. First create an artificial "extreme" example with an identical passage of text. Lay the first out to be as unreadable as you can... pick a fancy display font set to a small size, make line space very wide, reduce line spacing and decrease contrast of text vs background (e.g. light gray font on white bg). Lay the second at the same font size ...


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The best way is to show them. Take a screenshot of the tool itself and redesign it using properly treated Typography so they can see the difference. You can present your case with "Before" and "After" slides. In my experience because I like to advocate good design, sometimes will do this just for the heck of it because some bad designs look so gawd-awful. ...


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Just because the medium changes doesn't mean visual balance no longer applies. Because web apps are in a browser and browser sizes vary depending on the user, it is a bit different when comparing it to print media, where the designer knows explicitly the dimensions of the final product. Design is not an exact science, but setting appropriate css rules with ...



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