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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Should web app text be justified?

Are there any studies on the use of justified text in web apps? How does justification affect screen legibility? Example of justified text:
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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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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 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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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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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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Does using bold font for keywords and key points increase readability of user manuals?

I find myself writing quite a lot of articles, user manual-like documents, as well as posting hundreds of questions on stackexchange sites. Over time, I developed a certain style of writing, which ...
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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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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?