Beyond punctuation, optical margin adjustments may be used to make subtle shifts to allow for the shapes of letters and serifs, such as extending the edge of initial caps outside the outer margin.
There are no hard and fast rules on when you should or shouldn't use hanging punctuation. It is common for bullet lists, pull-quotes, some headlines, and other bits of quoted text but any text can benefit from its use. You can use hanging punctuation with flush-left, flush-right, or full-justified text.
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