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Although often both referred to as gutters, the space between columns is really an alley; Image © J. Bear | Design and Layout | Type and Fonts | Alpha Index to Full Dictionary:

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The blank space between two columns of text is the alley. Sometimes a downrule is placed in the alley, especially with close-set columns, to help keep the reader's eye from jumping the alley over to the next column.

Alley may also be used to describe the space or set-off between text and text-wrapped or inline graphics.

Also Known As: gutter | column space

Common Misspellings: ally

Glossary Terms Related to Alley

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