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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How much does vision change as we age?

I'd like to share with my web design team some specific, quantitative data on just how much visual ability changes, even as young as 40 years old. This is to help drive home the need for adequate ...
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The “Time to read” feature, when is it good and how to implement it?

Recently I've seen some sites that tell how much time it takes you to red an article on it, most notably the incredible medium.com (which I consider master of UX). I have two questions rerading this ...
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Shading grouped table rows

Currently, I am working on a mobile web application which displays all substitutions for each class in my school. To make this substitution list (varying between 5 to 60 entries) easier to parse, I ...
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Best way to layout information to optimize readability

The application I am designing is a large table of information that is updating in real time. The rows in the table are live orders in the companies system, our users scan through the list items, ...
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Which icons are the easiest to read, solid or hollow?

With io7, Apple made a switch in the tabbars to icons that for the most part are line based. In other places, such as their app icons they are using mostly solid icons. That made me wonder if there is ...
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Which map background color is best (from the perspective of ergonomics at the workplace)?

Which map background color (white, black, other?) is best from the perspective of ergonomics at the workplace? Certainly aspects play a role such as reflections, tiredness of the eyes, contrast and ...
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What is the best way to indicate read-only cells within a table?

I have many tables, actually data grids, where most of the cells will be editable, but some may not depending on the users permissions. I am thinking of using light gray backgrounds on the read-only ...
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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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Small tables on big screens

I have a little problem, responsive design and tables with only 3-4 columns, so the tables can't be 100% of the width, because that would result in way too much white space between the columns and ...
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What colour scheme changes can i apply to my blog to increase the readability of the text? [closed]

http://nomad.so/ What colour scheme changes can i apply to my blog (above) to increase the contrast of the text? i don't really want to change the overall design, just tweak the colours to improve ...
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How to display an error log/report for user?

My web application is supposed to display the trace and a error report after process and shows for each uploaded files all the errors and operations accomplished. Here's a simplified and really ...
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What default font to choose for desktop applications?

Finding the right font for an application seems to be an art. There seem to be many standards. Arial seems to be used in most applications I have seen, Segoe UI is the standard for Microsoft Windows ...
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Dark screens in cars

I am a designer just preparing an app for the "in car" area. Normally we have a bunch of colors to use and we usually use dark colors on a light background. Now our client came up with some question ...
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Width of visual field of the sharp focus (Macula) area of the retina at average distance from screen

Does any one have any information about the width of the sharp focal area of the retina (the Macula)? I am trying to get an understanding of how this could impact the ideal length for a line of copy. ...
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Book reading apps vs news reading app - level of text customization?

Book reading apps like iBooks, Kobo, Kindle etc. allow the user to change the background, foreground (most of these apps offer white, sepia and night themes), font face, font size, and even screen ...
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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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What is the validity of contrast and colours tests?

I just ran a contrast and colour test (using checkmycolours.com in this case) on our corporate site (www.dotblue.net; if you care) and it reports quite some failures. However, I explicitly optimized ...
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“Millions of colors” vs “24-bit”: should technical concepts be simplified to ease understanding at the cost of precision?

Macs indicate 24-bit color depth by using the term "millions of colors", while Windows calls it "24-bit" or "32-bit". (I'm aware that Windows "32-bit" color simply adds an alpha channel that doesn't ...
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Hovering over an element to raise opacity

I'm working on a site where we display testimonials on the side of the page. We don't want these to be the main point of interest, so we dimmed the opacity, and on hover it goes to full opacity. We ...
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Is it better to have groups of content stacked vertically or horizontally?

I have groups of content and I can stack them vertically in 100% width rows or horizontally (even-width columns). Since the user for English language web sites will read left-to-right and the and ...
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Dyslexia friendly colors for wider audience?

I have met few dyslexic people and asked them about their reading style. Some of them said that typing on black key board with white writing is easier for them, it helps them identify the shape of ...
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What's the best way to make a user read terms and conditions before continuing a form?

What's the best way to make a user read terms and conditions before continuing a form? Structure of Form: Label1 [Textbox] Label2 [Textbox] Terms and Conditions [Textarea] Checkbox ["I agree to the ...
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What's more readable, reading an ordered list vertically or horizontally? [duplicate]

For example, I have a numbered list, what is easier for an average user to read ? Vertically [1] [5] [2] [6] [3] [7] [4] [8] OR Horizontally [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] ...
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Chat arrangement question: Left or right?

I'm building a small chat. Now I see but in other chats (whatsapp, facebook mobile chat, sms ...) that the arrangement is always the same: Left: the chat partner. right: myself Why is that?
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If nobody reads Privacy Policies or Terms and Conditions, why not change them?

Once I read that if you were to read all the Terms and Conditions, Privacy Policy and similar documents that you ideally need to read before using software or online services in a given year, you'd ...
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Relationship between font-size and width of container

Are there any studies done which tell us the relationship between the font size and the optimal width of the container they are in? For example, 12px font size is going to be too small in a container ...
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Mixed case vs all lower case…Which is more readable?

A graphic designer I hired to do my company's collateral (a very accomplished and successful designer) told me once that all lower case is often more readable than mixed case. As an example she made ...
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Any usability studies of the readability of Open Sans?

I like the look of Open Sans, but I've heard anecdotes of people having trouble reading it. For example on the Wordpress post about it, most are praising it, but a few people are quite negative: ...
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When should a year be added to a timestamp?

Stack Exchange uses relative timestamps to indicate when an action occurred; a question was asked, edit was made etc. This is done as far back as "2 days ago"; anything prior to exactly 48 hours ago ...
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How useful is this coffee cup “hot contents” warning?

I came across this on Dan Pink's blog. This caption on a coffee cup is supposed to serve as a warning sign to caution people that the coffee is hot and care must be taken to avoid burns. The ...
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Can you sacrifice grammar to keep instructions simple, specifically when using a(n)?

Because of the way the form is written, step-by-step in first person, it is necessary to put the a(n) to keep them grammatically correct for the Administrator case. However I feel like it makes the ...
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How much of the related text should be included in a hyperlink?

When adding hyperlinks to the markup in paragraph-sized runs of text, how much of the text relevant to each link should be included? So I know links that just say "here" or "this" are bad, but what ...
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Swipe direction for read document on iPad

Is there any recommendation about the direction of swipe for an app that allow user to read PDF documents? I mean if I have to chose is better the up/down or the left/right swipe? In my own ...
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Should static text be repeated in UI?

As you can see in the picture above there two version of displaying update date. One with just the date and the other with updated word prepended. My question is, what version actually to use? I ...
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Displaying a list of items in a neat and readable way [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When displaying statistics to a user, is it better to bold the data or the label? I often have to display 2 column lists like this - Name: Bob Age: 30 Shoes: ...
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If starting fresh, is a 140 character limit for tweets/status updates in general a good limit? [closed]

According to Why 140 characters and how to write more the limit on tweets was 140 because the SMS message limit is 160. They wanted tweets to be sent in one text (with space for username). However, ...
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Can icons improve readability on a navigation?

Our app has many tools and we have a navigation of about 10 tabs. Tabs can be re-arranged and this forces the user to find them by reading the label. Would icons make it more usable?
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Relative dates/times- Rounding and how accurate?

I was reading this question about formatting relative dates and times, but there are still some issue that I felt have not been addressed yet. I would like to: Keep relative times to just 1 unit, ...
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Is adding commas to numbers a cultural thing?

In the US, it's very common to add a comma for numbers of more than 3 digits (ex: 1,000 for one thousand ; 1,000,000 for one million ; etc.). In France though, we don't use this at all and commas are ...
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Table user readability/clarity

I've got a table that displays data to users. Each line of data can have a report attached to it. The 2nd cell in the table is used to show users if there is a report present, if there is you get an ...
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Do you think we should ban 11 pixels font size? [closed]

We know that serif and sans serif can perform equally well, if you choose a body text size above 12 pixels. Below 12 pixels serifed typefaces don’t render sharply enough, but on desktop monitors 12 ...
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What is the optimal line length for body copy on the web? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Ideal column width for paragraphs online We’ve always been told that lines of text should not be longer than 55 - 65 characters or thereabouts but I'm also finding ...
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How long does it take to read X number of characters?

I am creating an iPhone app where I need to show transient confirmation messages (called a toast in Android). For example, when a user submits a comment, I pop up a message saying "thanks for ...
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Other alternatives to comment replies indentation? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Hierarchical comments usability issues What are the best options to highlight a reply to a comment ? I'm thinking 3 levels maximum.
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Readability issues and presentation of Price

I am trying to find some research or thoughts on any readability issues around displaying price. We are tossing up the idea around displaying the price with a small $ symbol and small cents. An ...
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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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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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How to design usable web site terms & conditions?

What are some guidelines and examples for designing usable legal terms for web sites? I know that most users don't read it, but are there innovative ways to improve readability and presentation of ...
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How to represent “Beginning of Time” and “Infinite Future”

I am working on a reporting application and we fetch several records based on their start/end date ranges. Users can choose to leave both start and/or end dates blank. Examples: Example 1 - Date: ...
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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 ...