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From: Michael Brady <jbrady-AT-email.unc.edu>
Date: 11 Feb 2003 18:12:56 UTC   (01:12:56 PM in author's locale)
To: The Graphics List <graphics-AT-lists.graphicslist.org>,   Typo Design  <TYPO-L-AT-LISTSERV.HEANET.IE>
WurdX for MacOSX

I have been assigned the task of typographically and layoutally
prettifying a series of some 30 MS Wurd documents that constitute an
instructional package for use by instructors in the field who may from
time to time modify the contents of the documents to tailor them to
their audiences. Hence, no InDesign or PageMaker, just Microsoft
Hairshirt for Win2K (or is that Lose-OK?).

Generalized anti-MSW disgruntlement in check, I have noticed that Wurd
tends to spread its type around, but until now, I didn't care too much,
because I never had to worry too much about MSWurd typography (an

But since I have to deal with it now, I observe that a headline in 30
pt Verdana Bold is visibly letterspaced. When I check the settings in
Format > Font > Character Spacing, I find that the spacing is "Normal"
and that to get it to fit tighter, I have to use the 'Condense' setting
of -1 or -2 pts (no, it doesn't compress the width of the characters,
it tightens them up--and if Wurd had real publishers in mind, it would
use the term 'kern' or 'track' instead of misusing 'condense').

So, is there any control over the basic font tracking in Wurd. Or does
one have to accept this very loose setting as "Normal" and tighten it
up in order to define a custom Default font spacing?

Know whut I'm sayin', Vern.

I'm asking you guys, because I am not on a Wurd list. (I think I'd have
to kill myself if I found I had so much Wurd work I had to join such a

(If you receive this several times, sorry. I'm having trouble with my
email program right now.)

Michael Brady

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