I'm looking for a solution to achieve something like the image below.

I want to set justify and hyphenation for paragraphs except odd lines.


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    Can I ask why? Or rather, what is the reasoning behind this eccentric lay-out choice? To me, it looks both extremely ugly (subjectively) and hindering legibility because of the irregular shape.
    – Vincent
    Sep 23, 2020 at 10:39
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    I think it is about style. However I don't think it looks good but would like to learn some techniques.
    – wonglo
    Sep 24, 2020 at 7:04

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I don't think it's possible to achieve this just by styling. You could use Right Indent for every second line, but that would require you to make manual line breaks which would be a mess.

I will suggest something different. Why not use Text Wrap for this? Simply make the paragraph justified and use invisible rectangles which prohibits every second line from having the full length.

Place a rectangle with the wanted width on every odd line and apply Text Wrap set to Wrap around bounding box with no Offset.

Make the rectangles transparent and place them on the Master Page (or simply copy/paste them onto each page where you need the styling).

  • oh thats a possible way to do it, thanks
    – wonglo
    Sep 23, 2020 at 7:11
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    @wonglo, you're welcome! Remember to accept the answer if you find that it answers your question and a better answer doesn't come along.
    – Wolff
    Sep 23, 2020 at 13:35

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