Chapter 5. Crafting Compositions

We spent Chapter 4 shaping text blocks in a simple, linear layout. Now, like those cooking shows where someone suddenly takes a finished meal out of the oven, I happen to have here a slightly more complex layout of our St. Remy site. In this chapter, I’ll explain how I went from the simpler layout to the more complex one (Fig 5.1).

Traditionally, the dimensions of a composition have been extremely important in typesetting. And they’re still critical when typesetting static media, because text needs to fit into the space at hand. Quantity of text, font size, line length, spacing—all must be reconciled with the ...

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