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Recommendation for 2 column gutter width


Question

Hi just looking for a recommendation for standard gutter width for a 2 column layout on an A4 page. The point size is 10pt the margins are 12.7mm (the default InDesign setting) I thought this would be easy to google but apparently not I guess its too specific a question

2014/05/23
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5/23/2014 5:27:00 AM

The purpose of the gutter is to separate the text enough that the reader's eye won't accidentally jump from one column to the next. This requires that the gutter width should be set to a value that is at least equal to the point size of the text, preferably equal to or greater than the leading. Anything less, and you'll need a vertical rule to achieve enough visual separation.

This isn't a hard and fast rule, but it's a good starting point and is worth sticking to unless you're trying to create a specific "look" in the layout.

2014/05/24
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5/24/2014 7:27:00 PM