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Old 06-05-2007, 06:38 AM   #2
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So I have this book setting beside the computer these last few weeks.
THE THEORY AND
PRACTICE
OF TRANSLATION

See how that word PRACTICE sets by itself. It irritates me.
It should — the lines should have looked like this:

THE THEORY
AND PRACTICE
OF TRANSLATION

That assumes, of course, that you want something quaint. But you say this is an old book. (Centered caps were popular in the 19th century.)

You generally try to break headlines by meaning. Sometimes it doesn’t work out, of course — long words, short words get in the way. And I usually try to have the shape reversed from the one above — have the short line at the bottom so it appears less like a dead stop. (More important for newspaper or magazine headlines than for book titles.)


   
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