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What determines the readability of text on the site?

July 9, 2013

What determines the readability of text on the site?

Posted by with - in Web Design

Modern web solutions in Boston and generally anywhere naturally involves writing texts for websites and their subsequent posting on the web-pages. And we must bear in mind that even the most interesting website in the world will not be successful if it is technically difficult to read. What you need to consider when designing the text blocks on the site?

readability of text

Readable fonts
No user sitting at the computer, will want to strain their eyes. The text should be large enough so that the average person (even with not a very good sight) is able to easily read it. It is not recommended to use more than three different font sizes in the articles (for headings, subheadings, and basic blocks). Note that the most suitable for the web are considered chopped fonts (Arial, Tahoma, Verdana, etc.)

Using highlights
You should and in some cases even must use highlights in the text. However, make sure you do not overdo it. Italics, underlining, bold can be used to highlight a few, especially important phrases and sentences. If the text is flooded with highlights, it will be very difficult to understand. The same applies to cases where the capital letters are used in long passages in the text. Highlights are very appropriate when you want to emphasize the semantic feature of the phrase, the change essentially sets out the content (for example, noted in italics is used to note the direct speech).

Contrast with background
Webmasters have not come up with anything more comfortable to read than black text on a white background. If the design of your website does not imply a white background, in principle, try to find some contrast. Few users will make an effort to read a text that merges with the background.

Alignment
It has long been observed that paragraphs aligned to the left are better than those aligned to the right. Justified paragraphs make the text more accurate, but it is true only in cases where the lines are long enough.

Length of text blocks
Users don’t like to read long texts on the Internet. 1.5-4 thousand characters (depending on content) is enough for one page. Articles themselves should be divided into semantic units (paragraphs), using indents and subheadings.

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