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To add to this discussion of readability of text, spacing and punctuation is only a small portion of it. In the read word punctuation taught us when to take a breath, as with a continuous sentence separated by a comma, and a long full breath after the period, plus a space. Now even as we type to each other in this email, we are using a sans serif font (for those not understanding serif and sans serif, sans serif fonts have no "leading" lines on the edge of the character). Sans serif fonts create a much harder font to read.

It has been found that a serif font with normal punctuation and spacing leads the eye to faster reading as opposed to sans serif. Man tests have been done with this. So the article written in the provided link, is found to be hard to read as it is a sans serif font used.


Andrew Brown

On 16/08/2013 11:08 PM, James Knott wrote:
Michael wrote:
1)  Although the article was difficult to read, I think it would have
been easier on the eyes (mine, anyway) if there was more space between
the sentences.
This is my point exactly.  When there's extra space between sentences,
it's a lot easier to isolate the sentence from the surrounding text.
You have to look for the period, which may be more difficult to see,
depending on the letter it follows.  For example a period following a
"k" is harder to discern than one following a "o".  This means the
reader has to do extra work, while the eye is naturally equipped to
recognize the extra space.  So, the choice is search for the sentence or
automagically recognize it.

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