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This is an old revision of MakesMeThinkAboutLengthERH made by EmilyHanson on 2016-02-03 17:15:09.

 

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Page Width and Line Length

Text length is based on the eye and the extent of its reach without strain

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Universal Usability

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Scrolling on a computer screen

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Web Writing Part 3: Cut the extra words, less really is more

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-I feel that this source is makes more sense and is harder to argue with than first source we were asked to look at about text length

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Cut Any Paper-Based Text by 50%

- People read 25% slower from a computer screen than from paper
- People are uncertain where they are within the site while reading online
- Less text means less strain on a visitor’s ability to concentrate, less material to juggle in short-term memory, and a faster rush to meaning.
- Cutting out words and phrases is an ongoing process.
- Cut out words that have been included just to emphasize your sincerity, like really and truly.

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-" Usability guru Jakob Nielsen recently published his study on the reading speeds for those using printed books, the Kindle, and the iPad. His results propose that users slow down when reading on electronic media - 6.2% slower for iBooks, 10.7% slower for Kindle."
  • Even though the initial estimation was for computer screen reading not ibook or kindle reading, these two sets of numbers seem too far off, especially if they came from the same source, Jakob Nielson. My guess is that the 25% is a bit over exaggerated.
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