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Hanging punctuation is “a way of typesetting punctuation marks and bullet points, most commonly quotation marks and hyphens, so that they do not disrupt the ‘flow’ of a body of text or ‘break’ the margin of alignment.” (Wikipedia says it better than me ;) )

I cannot find any good translation for this concept in French. Anyone with formal typography education around here? :)

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Try Linguee when you want to translate technical phrases. It's a database of bilingual texts in various language pairs, including French and English.

There is one hit for hanging punctuation: “ponctuation hors justification”, found in a Quark, Inc. brochure. I don't have an official reference to offer, but several manufacturers of typographical software (Quark, Adobe) have used the term, as have books about CSS, so I would guess that it is indeed the standard translation.

The phrase “ponctuation hors justification” gets a decent number of hits on Google, unlike “ponctuation dans la marge” (which has a single relevant hit), “ponctuation pendante” (which isn't much better, in spite of its obviousness as a literal translation), or “ponctuation suspendue” (most of the hits are unrelated).

The question was asked in passing on the typographie mailing list, with no conclusive answer.

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asked in passing = demandé au passage ? C'est du vrai english ça ? –  Stéphane Gimenez Oct 14 '11 at 0:13
    
@Stéphane Gimenez : définition de in passing dans l'OED : by the way; in the course of some procedure. Sur internet on trouve la définiton de in passing (entre autres ) : thefreedictionary.com/in+passing ; wordwebonline.com/en/INPASSING ; etc. Donc l'utilisation faite ici par Gilles semble tout à fait convenir à ce qu'il voulait dire. –  Laure Oct 14 '11 at 10:57
    
Ben j'aurais appris quelque chose. @Laure merci d'avoir fait le boulot à ma place :-) –  Stéphane Gimenez Oct 14 '11 at 12:09
    
Wow, thanks! That's a good tool to know, and a great answer :) –  MattiSG Oct 15 '11 at 3:18

Une discussion sur la liste typo a utilisé ponctuation dans la marge, ponctuation pendante et même « hanging punctuation ». J'ai donc l'impression qu'il n'y a pas (au moins qu'il n'y avait pas à l'époque) de traduction consacrée. La « justification optique » aussi présente dans cette discussion est plus large, la ponctuation pendante est un moyen d'y arriver.

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L'absence de consensus me semblait effectivement prégnante. Merci pour cette référence ! –  MattiSG Oct 12 '11 at 9:10

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