The ease in which text can be understood (based on content, not formatting). Readability is not to be confused with legibility, which is the ease with which text can be read (based on formatting, not content).

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Why do dialogs have grey backgrounds?

Most Windows/Mac/Linux dialogs I've seen have grey backgrounds. About-dialogs, settings pages, wizards, confirmation and error dialogs etc. Is there a reason from a usability perspective or is this ...
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Why does Command Prompt inconsistently space input lines?

I'd say this photo sums up what I mean pretty well. Initially the input lines are placed directly below one another when pressing Ctrl-C multiple times (probably has the same behavior with different ...
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Is OK/NOK better than “fail/success”

We are discussing with my team-mate how we should indicate in our project logbook whether a specific action ended with success or not. I started putting it like timestamp | action name (fail) | ...
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Suggestion required for max width of a form

My team is building a form builder tool. Once published there might be several input devices a user can use to fill a form, from a mobile phone to a 27" monitor. I would like to hear your ideas on ...
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Why do we always append messages at the bottom rather than the top?

I'm designing an instant messaging interface right now, which made me curious: In forums, you usually see the most recently appended items at the bottom of the list. This is also the way the iPhone ...
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Best configuration for printing a cheat sheet [closed]

I'm writing a three columns (Portrait) cheat sheet using LibreOffice 4.2 on Ubuntu 14.04. The text is tiny: 7pts, with the best font I could find: Nachlieli CLM. That font is the most dense, clear &...
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How do you design columns, sections and spacing to force reading direction & usability?

Instead of long, wide single column documents I've started using multiple columns to improve readability (mostly due shorter lines). However, in a document containing multiple columns and sections I'm ...
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What characteristics should a typography have to be used in subtitles?

I want to know what characteristics are important for a typography for being used in subtitles. I'm talking about readability and not-so-important, about aesthetics. How the fonts are chosen? I ...
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Button to the Left or Right of Text

If I have list and each item has an expand button, should the expand button be on the right or left of the text? If it's to the left of the text, then all the buttons will align, but if it's to the ...
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What font size should I use for navigational breadcrumbs? [closed]

I would like to know what font size I should use for the navigation breadcrumbs on my website. Assuming that 16px is my default font size, should I am for 11px for the breadcrumbs? Or would that be ...
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Best Readable Console Colour

I am working on a system that outputs a PASS or a FAIL depending on what happened. There are other text being displayed so I would like to write the PASS or FAIL messages in colour as to easily ...
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How to make a big random value more readable for humans?

I have a strong random value that looks something like 4?1V*8G?ۑL?? (it is actually even worse as some of the characters were changed to ? when pasting it here). I can convert it to a hexidecimal ...
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Color choice for maximum legibility of text on glass

In our office we have transparent glass doors and we want to put text stickers on them. For example, name of the person or room function. The question is what color should be stickers to provide ...
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Which navigation pattern to use

We are currently working on designing a Responsive Web Site for a very niche market. The user base (elderly) would be using this site purely from content consumption - reading perspective more than ...
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Headline vs. Image: What are the best practices for designing article-based interfaces for maximum readability?

In every interface, understanding the importance of each element in fulfilling the users need is a primary task. In the case of article page designs, in order to maximise the optimal reading ...
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Safari Reading Mode Width/Font-size: based on?

What's the rational for Apple behind the width of this feature? In desktop vs iOs devices? Is it always the same or dynamic base on proportion?
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Best way to fit text in a limited amount space

I have a series of columns that have a header like so: What is the best option when it comes to readability and getting the information needed on the screen? I am currently resizing long headers in ...
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Displaying an input field for building lengthy equations

In the application I am designing, there is a requirement to allow the user to build an equation by hitting buttons, depicting operators and variables. This equation builder must be displayed within a ...
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Reasoning for highlighting a sentence in the middle of an article

I noticed a trend in many news websites where a sentence from the article is duplicated and highlighted somewhere else on the page, for example: Personally, while I think it is visually pleasing as ...
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Museo Sans readability for desktop

Is there a way to measure readability for desktop? We are currently using Museo Sans 14px for body text and are wondering if increasing it to 16px would help pages being read more easily? Is there any ...
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Should I use a single or double space after a period?

In a paragraph of multiple sentences, should there be one or two spaces after each sentence's period for readability? The paragraph is typed in Arial font. Does this matter? It is size 11 font. Does ...
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Is it better for readability for links where link text equals document title to both be in title case, or both be in the usual capitalization?

To pick one example of a class of links I'm considering changing, https://CJSHayward.com/library/ has a link text of "Ajax Without JavaScript or Client-Side Scripting". The link points to https://...
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Why are messages on the road printed in reverse?

After reading this question, something occurred to me that I've always wondered - but never thought to ask. Why are road messages/signs printed in reverse? (source https://xkcd.com/781/) Anytime ...
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How to display a large quantity of (read-only) fields?

I have a page in a site I'm working on that requires we show the user a large amount of field information when the user requests it. This is an account information page, so will list their personal ...
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Why are news sites articles one big block of text instead of broken down with subheaders?

I have noticed something about sites like cnn, reuters, cbsnews etc. All of these have long blocks of text. They don't try to break it up with sub-headers even visually. http://blogs.reuters.com/...
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How to style table headers?

Default styling in popular CSS framework such as Bootstrap styles headers with title case and bold text. Question Is there any proof to sustains this choices as it makes the headers more salient ...
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Displaying text on camera feed

I am developing a iOS app, for which the main screen is used to scan a QR code. I want the camera to cover the screen, and at the same time display several text elements. My main strategy so far has ...
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Why show the reading time for an editorial article?

I noticed that while reading on medium.com every article has a suggested reading length. Reasons this might be good UX include: It adds relevance/timeliness (just as we list author/date of ...
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How long should a feature tooltip be displayed before fade-out?

I have a tooltip with 5 words like "Try out some custom options" in my application. My goal is to get people to interact more with options. Is there any basis to calculate how long to leave that ...
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The Ideal Typographic Measure

If you read a lot about typography, you probably have read that the ideal measure (also called line length) that is recommended is between 45-75 characters (somewhere around 2-3 alphabets) including ...
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Readability of overlaid text on images

Text on images seems to be very popular these days, and it does look nice. However, it can be hard to control the legibility of the text. I have darkened the background, and added text-shadow, and it ...
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Ideal breaks for long numbers?

Is there any rules-of-thumb or actual research on how to make long numbers more legible? We are dealing with 14 digit numbers: 12345678912345 This can be hard to read back over the phone as it's ...
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Reading continuous vs interrupted text mobile on IM

after an argument with my wife where I missed to notice to buy the milk out of a short message she sent me, the following question came to mind. Reading an interrupted message (where each line of ...
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What is the latest research on Serif vs. Sans Serif fonts for readability and retention esp. for those with vision issues

I've been told by someone who worked with a researcher that Sans Serif fonts have lots of ambiguity in things like i, 1, l and this causes the eye to need to back and forth (more, presumably than the ...
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What is the most dyslexia friendly colour combination

Following on from this question I asked a while ago: What is the most dyslexia friendly font? I'd like now to know whether there are any colour combinations (or sets of colour combinations from ...
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Should UTC timestamps, such as those in Stack Exchange hover-texts, include day of the week?

There is a proposal on Meta Stack Exchange to add the day of the week to the hover-texts for timestamps on Stack Exchange, which currently show a raw UTC timestamp, of the form YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SSZ, ...
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Can text shadow enhance readability?

CSS font shadows are often used to help make text stand out (or in, or colorful, or many other fancy things.) I'm wondering if it can be used to aid readability. I know finding the right amount of ...
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How easy to read are small caps vs lower case?

I'm well aware that text in ALL CAPITALS is harder to read than text in lower case or mixed case, for whatever reason. But what about Sᴍᴀʟʟ Cᴀᴘs? With a bit of Googling I can't find any references ...
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Is it more usable to display information in a table-like display?

I am trying to display information about the last time a remark has been changed. For this I have to display the Author, the region, the date and time. This information will appear in a tooltip on ...
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For a wall of text, is a lot of columns or one long column better? [closed]

I'm designing a website, and it's probably going to have some long walls of text because it'll be an info site. I have two design ideas that would make it easier to read, but I can't decide. Both ...
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When is it appropriate to publish ebooks vs. PDF?

Our company has a series of printed publications that need to be added to our website. These publications are strictly informative in nature - no marketing, no advertising, no product features or help....
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Is it a good practise to put Ellipsis on H1

I'm designing this blog web site with big typography, and was wondering, since I could't find a thing on the web about that, if it's a good practise to shorten long titles with Ellipsis. It seems ...
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Spice up UI with Black Text on White Background

I've got a smaller banner ui (think 300 x 300px) which currently has solid black text on a white background. The text corresponds to new article titles, so it's really hard to place color on them that ...
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What is the reason for small, lightly coloured text?

We are all familiar with the concept of fine print for text that is to be discouraged from being read. However, lately I've been finding many websites whose main content is in tiny, lightly-coloured ...
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Most readable standard web typeface

Are there any recommendations/studies on text readability comparisons among the standard web typefaces? The conventional wisdom for serif vs. sans-serif is that serif is better for readability (which ...
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How best to display truncated links?

I'm working on a Q&A platform, and I was wondering. Within My Account you can check your questions, answers and comments such as [Your answer] Date: [XX-XX-XX] Number of answers:[XX] ...
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How can redicle technology speed up reading up to five times or more?

I’m usually a slow reader, and it takes me 40 effective hours to shoot through a standard size book. My colleague gave me a tip to read books using redicle technology developed by Spritzinc (where you ...
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How can I determine how large of a font size and how wide of a container to use?

Usually I just choose this spontaneously and without much thought, but I have a feeling that's not the best idea: How can I size my font and its container for an optimal reading experience to my users?...
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Should we use hash tags (with a #) in content titles when that content is often shared on Twitter?

On our website, we have a widget to share our articles on Twitter. Our marketing expert recently explained that when we write the article titles, we should include hash tags in them so they get ...