"Weebly Text Justification" image by Mike DeHaan
What is text justification? How can you justify text in a Weebly blog? Why should you justify text online?
Text justification means handling the words to fill a column.Weebly offers four options:
- Left justification is the default.
- Centre justification.
- Right justification.
- Full justification.
The big deal is that clicking the appropriate text justification icon affects the whole "Weebly paragraph" you're editing. That's the widget you've dragged from the main toolbar; not
just the paragraph you define when typing by leaving a blank line.
Here is Left-Justified Text
This paragraph has left-justified text. The words fit against the left side of the column, but the right side is "ragged". Why does the right side not fit tight against the margin? Words are of different lengths, and the online editor does not try to break words to make a line fit against the right margin. So the right side of the text snakes down. This can be tiring to read, but mainly if one paragraph goes on and on; just like this example!
This is the default, but you can deliberately choose it in the menu bar.
How to Centre Justify Text
I clicked the centre justification icon before starting this paragraph.
As I type, the first letters appear in the centre of the column. Then the text gets pushed left and right as I type more and more words. If the paragraph runs on and on, we see that the final effect looks pretty interesting: each line fills from the centre.
I'd welcome comments from anyone who has a reason for writing articles that are centre-justified.
Even poetry may be best
justified from the left.
After clicking on the right justify icon, the text starts at the right margin and gets pushed left.
This is, obviously, the mirror of left justification.
It can be pretty useful if you want to list numbers so people can count them.
Other than that, the ragged left margin annoys me.
When you type into a full justification paragraph, it starts off like left justification. The text begins at the left margin, and each space between words remains solitary. However, as you type, the words may suddenly get pushed onto the next line; and the line above may gain extra spaces between the words. That "justifies" the text on both sides, so neither margin is ragged. Full justification looks very tidy. It's common for newspaper columns.
The final sentence is left-justified with no extra spaces.
One problem is that you can get a band of blanks meandering down a column if the extra spaces are embedded exactly correctly. I'm trying to make a diagonal spacing line in this paragraph, descending from the left of "is", "down", "exactly" and "diagonal". It has not worked very well past the third line.
Choose your Justification (rather than "Justify your Choice")
Weebly's narrow columns do not need full justification, especially if you use short paragraphs. The default left justification looks okay, and somewhat informal.
Having said that, I just noticed the "full justification" effect recently and prefer it. I expect to make it a habit to fully justify each section in my future Weebly articles.