Section 29.2 Text Justification and Alignment
LaTeX is engineered around placing boxes on the page. Characters in boxes are built up to be words, then words in boxes become lines, and then lines in boxes become pages. Or something close to that. As a consequence LaTeX excels at right-justified text. For this reason, and also because we think it looks more like a commercial published book and therefore more professional, right-justified text is the default. If your opinions on this come from experience with some other word processor, keep an open mind.
However, we provide the
text.alignment switch to control how text is aligned (such as in paragraphs). The value
justify is the default, and
raggedright will cause alignment on the left, with an uneven right edge. Paradoxically, this can lead to greater amounts of hyphenation.