Posted By P & L Blog

Did you know that you if you have text translated into many European languages you will need 25-50% more words to say the same thing as English? A tight layout in English means you will need to use a smaller font in Spanish, French, Italian, or incorporate white space into your design.

Languages like German and Swedish include very long words. If you have narrow columns, the result will be awkward spaces or extensive hyphenation.

Conversely, Chinese and other Asian languages are compressed languages. One character may represent two or three English words.  An English newspaper headline that runs across a two-page spread may need only four or five characters in Chinese so you might want to consider changing your layout.

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