READABILITY

Adam Rose adam at pmel.com
Wed Feb 28 08:56:48 MST 1996


Louis,

I once got a complaint from you saying "Adam the following is completely
unreadable ! Make your lines shorter."

I had a look at the text you had kindly sent me as an example of my sins.
I resized my screen, and it was, just as I had written it, perfectly
readable.

Also, personally, I find
lines written this
small almost as difficult to read as lines as unreasonably and quite impossibly, gratuitously useless as this one.


Perhaps if the line appended by the l*st server was made the maximum
reasonable length, we'd all have a "good line length guide" we could
visually test our posts.

eg not :
     --- from list marxism at lists.village.virginia.edu ---

but :
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Say 70 chars long ? Leaving room for 5 include prompts to get to 80 chars ?
Like the 7th line in the following triangle ?

0123456789
01234567890123456789
012345678901234567890123456789
0123456789012345678901234567890123456789
01234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789
012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789
0123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789
01234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789
012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789
0123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345678901234567890123456789

Adam.




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