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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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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Why are news sites articles one big block of text instead of broken down with subheaders?

I hope this is the right forum. 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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to deal with extra space

I'm developing a web application that already use a responsive design(bootstrap) and play well within any small resolution. But that's common that nowadays desktop screens go up to 1920px wide, and ...
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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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Allow users to change text and background color in my web app?

Background: I'm building a basic web app that's targeted toward (wait for it) academics. The app is entirely text-driven, and will not involve any images. It will incorporate some databases and longer ...
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Is white text on dark background better for usability on smartphone / tablet keyboards than the reverse?

Which is a better and usable Smart Phone or Tablet keyboard? White / light characters on Black / Dark keys on the keyboard layout. Black / Dark Grey text on the white / light grey colour keys ...
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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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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 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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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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Website Layout - different background colour sections with full width

Recently I have seen a lot of new websites have been redesigned that each paragraph or section have different background colour with full width. For example: http://theme-fusion.com/avada/ What ...
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Driving users attention through opacity masks (reading rhythm)

I was reading this handy answer about Light on dark vs. dark on light: which is better for attention span? in the Graphic Design SE site and while reading the most voted answer I discovered that my ...
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Indicate weekdays vs weekend

I have blocks representing weeks, and above each week the dates for the whole week are displayed, i.e. 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 ____________________ | | 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Faces within text. Usability issue?

Many blog posts display their authors portrait within or next to their text. I suppose the idea behind this is to let the user feel the author is talking to her or to personalize the environment when ...
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Is there a definitive answer to the line length readability question in the context of programming code

Is there is any definitive research that attempts to answer what character counts make the most human readable line lengths for programming code (typically mono-spaced font, high liklihood of small ...
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Should I use pagination for longreads?

I'm working on a website redesign where a lot pages have long content (economical analysis) that the user comes to read. They spend between 5 and 10 minutes on those pages I was wondering I should ...
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And vs “&” in web text, which is better? [closed]

I see a lot of web text that use "&" to mean "and" and I think it's terrible, not readable, nor friendly, can anyway confirm or challenge that? any real facts to put it in perspective? Same goes ...
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How to optimally place time, temperature and icons in a grid?

I am coding a personal dashboard which includes, among others, weather forecast. I have a hard time optimizing the structure of the weather forecast. The constraint I have is that the time, ...
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Studies about negative readability

I've been requested to design a dark interface which spreads a little light as possible. I'm interested in academic studies / researches about white text on black background. Is it really tough to ...
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Do large format books make a substantial improvement?

In the last several years I've seen larger format books alongside the familiar pocket paperbacks. Sometimes these are taller, sometimes they are wider, and sometimes both. I've wound up with these in ...
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What are your thoughts on using iconography to represent complex ideas?

I think we're all aware that iconography is most effective when communicating simple/established/conventional ideas that can be understood without any words at all - like search, print, share, etc. ...
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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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What's the most logical place for a read more link?

I've designed a website with a blog section. My mates and I fail to come to an agreement. My opinion : Left I think it's better to place it on the left according some studies with heat map and ...
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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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Where to place the Y axis label

I would like to improve the readability of the label on charts. At the moment there look like this download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups What is the best ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Website readability vs performance vs experience

I am running a page that utilizes an off-canvas design pattern for the main menu on small screens. Using progressive enhancement, I use CSS transformations instead of position absolute to show/hide ...
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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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Basic color scheme for great readability [closed]

Are there any good recommendations for web site color scheme that provide good readability e.g. body text color (body) main heading color (h1) sub heading color(h2, h3 etc) background color border ...
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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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Currency formatting for transactions in another country's currency

This is a really simple question, but the answer is stumping me: How do you format another country's currency correctly? Specifically, this answer, quoting from Wikipedia, has a great survey of how ...