Legibility is the ease with which text can be read (dependent upon formatting regardless of content). It is sometimes confused with readability, which is the ease with which a text can be understood (dependent upon the content, regardless of formatting).

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Idea to enhance the UX and the legibility of an internship report

I am in the last month of my last internship of my IT studies. And as in the five last years, I have to write an internship report (that almost nobody will ever read). The last one. And to give a ...
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Is there a more legible way to present tabular data?

I have some tabular data I'm displaying to users. It's not a lot of data, but I'm wondering if there is a more legible way to display it? Right now the data looks like this: Is there a better way ...
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What is the best practice for data table cell content alignment

We are currently working on a windows based application where users capture data. Some data is captured in a table where other data is captured in text blocks. Im currently faced with the dilemma of ...
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Is there a problem with using black text on white backgrounds?

Why do a lot of websites use a text color other than #000000 black when the background is white? For instance, this text will be displayed using a dark grey: .post-text { color: #333; } Have ...
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Why are Inverted Colors considered an accessibility feature?

Why is it that in most Operating Systems the "Inverted Colors" display setting is considered an accessibility feature? Both Windows and OS X includes this option so it seems to be a recognized ...
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Is clockwise or counter-clockwise rotated text easier to read?

When rotating text with css, should it be rotated clockwise or counter-clockwise? Is one more readable than the other? Counter Clockwise:     —    ...
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Ideal column width for paragraphs online

There is nothing worse than coming across a website with paragraphs that span the width of your screen resolution. They are usually so hard to read, I don't even bother. A lot of web designers use ...
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What's the deal with Windows 8 elements with ALL CAPS?

Here's how Microsoft new Windows Azure portal elements look like: and that seems to be "Windows 8 style". Visual Studio 2012 also has plenty of user elements in ALL CAPS. For dozens of years ALL ...
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Why do movie posters use credit fonts that are hard to read?

Many contemporary movie posters typeset the credits in an extremely thin font: Is this just out of convention or is there a particular reason for deliberately making the credits hard to read?
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Why are certain fonts more legible than others?

Given that I have at least basic understanding of typography, I would like to understand what attributes typography designers alter to make text more legible and more pleasing to the eyes? For ...
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Does the use of monospaced fonts negatively affect legibility of article text?

Is there any reason I should not use monospaced typefaces for text in articles? Do they negatively affect the reader's ability to easily read long-form text?
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Uppercase for a mobile app

I'm designing a mobile application (android) that should be very simple and easy to use because the users are in motion and quick maneuvers that require concentration and have to record some data on ...
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Displaying domain name or URL that is long or contains many words

2 related problems: I have a domain name that is quite long. e.g. www.expertscientificanalysis.com I have another domain that is not neccesarily long but made up of many words. e.g. ...
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Is there an optimal font size?

For most website projects I've been involved with, the font size for the bulk text is usually 12px - 13px, but I'm wondering if this is a good size. I remember reading an article saying that font ...
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Is there an optimal font size / line height ratio?

When styling text on web pages, both font size and line height can be set. For example, the text of this post will be displayed using a font-size of 14px and a line-height of (about) 18px, set using ...
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Multi-column articles

I just came across this article by Paul Lewis. The first thing I noticed was the multi-column layout. It's great that people are trying to break the usage of overused templates for articles/blogs, ...
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How much text markup is good, before it becomes bad?

In 1997 Jakob Nielsen told us about how users read on the web. (Actually in a typically headline grabbing way, he says they don't and then tells us how they do!) Nielsen is a big proponent of using ...
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Zebra striping for body text?

The general consensus is that zebra striping a table makes it a little easier for people to keep track of which row they're on...but is this reduction of cognitive taxes only for table rows? I at ...
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Is there any user experience benefit of having a patterned background in iPhone apps?

In your experience, do users of iPhone apps enjoy using an app with a "cool special background", like the one below, or do patterned backgrounds distract from the overall point of the app? I've seen ...
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What fonts are good and which ones should we avoid for our application's UI?

What do you advise when it comes to selecting fonts for your User Interface?
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Is this hard to read?

This is a snippet on a site i have just been building. I considered the readability etc, and the corporate colours, and tried to work with them. Actually, I find it quite relaxing to read and view, ...
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Why not use san-serif fonts on print design?

It's better to use san-serif than serif fonts on web, as their simpler letter form remain readable at low resolution. Serif fonts need more pixels to display their extra details. I was wondering why I ...
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Allow users to change fonts for increased reability

Looking to see if anyone has found any recommendations/best practices on allowing users to toggle different font-types. Particularly the ability to toggle between standard font-sets and one designed ...
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What are advantages and disadvantages of MagicScroll?

Richard Wallis proposed a new way of scrolling called MagicScroll. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this method?
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Can having wider margins improve legibility?

I'm talking about the space between the browser window and content. I've found that it's uncomfortable to read when the text is too close to the edges and I was wondering if there is any rule that ...
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Should we always make every Link/Button atleast 44X44 size in Mobile site, According to iOS Human Interface Guidelines?

According to iOS Human Interface Guidelines The comfortable minimum size of tappable UI elements is 44 x 44 points. Should we follow this rule for Every link on Mobile Website for better ...
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Apply the legibility principles to screen reading

How to apply the legibility principles to screen reading? What is important point for it? What is the difference between the "legibility" and "readability"?
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Which fonts are designed for accessibility and good screen legibility?

Ideally I need something that has been specifically designed for easy reading on displays. Accessibility is key really. Does anyone have a suggestion for a good webfont that looks fairly similar to ...
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What is the optimal vertical margin between paragraphs?

Here on ux.StackExchange they have gaps that are a bit smaller than one line height (~88%), but I’ve read a few times that 100% of the line height provides best readability because it continues the ...
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Is a number easier to read with the thousand separator?

This may sound like a stupid question but I'm being taken to task for this at the moment. Personally I believe that it's easier to read 1,234.56 than 1234.56. However there are others that are saying ...
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Font Size Amender

Is there still any need for a font resizer in web apps? Modern web browseers easilly allow you to zoom in on content. Older browsers such as IE6 and IE7 require you to change the font size via ...
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Recommended pixel size for labels for mobile?

In the same way that the minimum tap area for mobile should be 44px according to apples documentation, is there a recommendation for label sizes?
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Is highlighting important words a good idea?

Is it a good idea to highlight the important words in a text on a web page? What impact does it have on the reader? Does it help to understand the text or does it disturb?
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Labeling a multi-layered bar graph

Question I love Last.fm's bar graph. It allows me to quickly compare how someone plays one song over another. I'm trying to apply the same design to my app. It monitors the health of servers and ...
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Is this contrast readable?

On this oh-so-slowly-developing page, there is the column headed "Bid x Ask", which reflects the numbers of bids and offers on the stock option in the row: Are the numbers here readable? How can I ...
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What's the most efficient/least troublesome way to scroll when reading on mobile?

For reading purposes on mobile devices, what is the way to go? Paging or scrolling? If I want to give the reader the option of a scroll, should the controls for that be on-screen or in a menu?
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How do I improve the readability of body text?

I always find it hard to judge the readability of my site and there is so much conflicting information out there. So I thought I would ask for some options here. Could you please take a quick look at ...
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Is this color readable?

I'm not sure that this orange color meshes well with my green and white theme, or that it's easily readable. If it is not readable, is there a better color that would be more easily readable? ...
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What are user friendly ways to display XML for reading & scanning

I'm looking for examples and advice for displaying XML in a user readable way. The user does not edit the xml, but is just looking for information inside of the xml. I'm designing an interface for ...
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Why are software EULAs typically displayed in a tiny non-adjustable box with lots of scrolling?

From my experience whenever I have to install a piece of software I'm presented an end-user license agreement (EULA) in the following way: Specifically the EULA is a long text in legalese and I ...
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Best Way to Darken a Color Until it is Readable?

What's the best way to darken a color until it is readable? I have a series of titles which have an associated color, but some of these colors are very light and any text drawn in them is unreadable. ...
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What is the optimal text size for an iPhone 'News application'?

We are designing a News application for one of our clients, and I would like to get to know what is the optimal text size for Headlines and Article text in an application like this? We would like to ...
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How to logically group textual elements for readability?

If you have text elements that are all the same color (ie Black), what is the optimal way to logically group text for readability? Should you change the text color for title/subject headings? Would ...
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Should I place an image behind text data?

We are building a site now and are considering adding a "brand" to the data section in the center of the layout with a subtle background image. There is some concern that with different browser ...
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Ascender- and x-height effects on readability

How do ascender-height and x-height affect readability? Does a high x-height in comparison to the ascender height lead to lower readability?
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How can I preserve readability when using a dynamic grid layout?

There's a recent trend in web design to use dynamic masonry grids, like Pinterest, for just about everything these days. If you haven't seen such a layout before, it presents content of variable ...
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How should I format question-response sections in a document?

I work on proposals that need to be formatted in question-response sections. Currently, we use different colors to distinguish between questions and responses. However, members of my team want to make ...
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Which placement of list of ingredients is most convenient for the cook?

In the process of doing the layout for a cookbook, I'm faced with the problem of placing the list of ingredients for each recipe. I've looked at several cookbooks and seen numerous approaches. I can ...
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Improving readability by aligning elements in rows

What's the best way to improve readability, when you have elements that change length like a name moving other elements, creating misalignment
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Why use or not use sidebar inside the content area?

Are there any studies of users response to having a sidebar integrated to the main content area (such as facebook) and sidebar outside the content area (such as Google)? & . The sidebar ...