Recently I've been approached by a non techincal member of my team with regards to how paragraphs are being displayed on various different mobile devices and desktops. They are particularly concerned about the number of "hanging" words. What I mean by that are words that drop onto a new line because of reaching the edge of a container and there is simply no more room.
Usually what they ask me to do is try to bring the word back up in line with the others which often involves reducing the size of the font which I do not like doing....and then another solution is that they ask me to bring more words onto the second line to make the paragraph appear more balanced.
I've included the below images to describe what I mean:
Image 1: Paragraph of text on screen width 380px notice the last word "risus" hanging on it's own.
Image 2: Paragraph of text on screen width 400px notice no words are wrapping to line on their own.
Image 3: Paragraph of text on screen width of 375px. Notice "vehicula at in risus" all on one line so paragraph appears more balanced.
However the real issue is that surely you cannot prevent this from happening when you consider the vast majority of devices and screen sizes out there? Or am I being ignorant? Is there a method to ensure this doesn't happen? Is it a problem with regards to usability?