My new place of work insists on "justifying" all our outgoing reports and letters. I am used to "left-aligning". I cannot imagine a world where justifying is a good thing.
A quick survey of various paper-based texts:
- printed novels are generally justified
- letters seem to be mostly left-aligned. This was the result of my googling (image search) "letters from queen", "letters from presidents", "letters from congressman". Incidentally "letters from pope" seem to be justified.
In the design world there does not seem to be an agreed superior. The debate centres on readability vs aesthetics.
My question: Are there any studies comparing the two, in terms of readability, comprehension etc?