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 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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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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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 ...
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Is a colour contrast compliant if it passes WCAG but fails the earlier W3C test used on Snook.ca?

There are some colour contrasts that, when checked using a tool like snook.ca, give results like this (testing #003354 and #00D5BD): According to every one of the newer WCAG criteria, this passes. ...
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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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Hyphens or en dashes—which are more readable when used in number ranges (for North American web users)?

Is there evidence to show that number ranges are more readable using hyphens or en dashes (on digital screens for North American web users)? Wikipedia notes that, according to your style choice, you ...
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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 ...
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Does the Oxford Comma increase readability?

There are many puns online where not having the Oxford comma (Serial comma) can be interpreted as something other than intended, such as the infamous Sky News notification: It’s hilarious, I know, ...
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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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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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Single-character convention for weekdays?

In the ever challenging pursuit of simplifying visuals for Users, an issue came up while web developing. It is a relative simple issue: I want to offer Users a selection for weekdays using only one ...
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Music Duration counter view

I 'm working on a android application, this app may list your songs. so the developers put the default counter as singular digit like ""0:4:0 "" is it better to display it as a double digit format ...
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Does drawing a dash across the numeral 7 (seven) increase readability?

The RBRC battery recycling logo was recently updated to add a dash to the final digit 7 (seven) in the phone number: Does this increase readability? In what situations, if any, is writing the ...
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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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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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Basic color scheme for great readability

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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Font size for e-commerce

Recently during a usability tests almost all of our customers complained about the small font size on our website. We use: 26px for headlines 13px, bold, for navigation, product names, etc. 11px ...
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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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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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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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What is the ideal and maximum width for presenting large blocks of text? [duplicate]

When presenting blocks of text on a screen, what is the ideal width to apply to it for optimal readability? Also, is there a maximum width one should adhere to? I am laying out large blocks of text ...
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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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Probabilities: Fractional Odds, Decimal Odds or Percentages?

There are at least 3 ways to express the probability of an event occurring: fractional odds, e.g. '5-to-2' or '5/2' or '5:2', decimal odds, e.g. '2.5', and percentages, e.g. '29%'. In the UK, it ...
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What is considered optimal word spacing, letter spacing, characters per inch etc. for best readability?

What is considered optimal word spacing, letter spacing, characters per inch etc. for best readability? Are there studies with results that anybody can cite?
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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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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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Is there any science way to find out the suitable contrast for text and background colour?

Here is the four text with different level of grey: As you can see, the first line is very difficult to read, and the last one is the best to read. So, is there any science number behind this ...
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Negative Effects on UX from Text on Images [duplicate]

Jakob Nielsen in "Eyetracking Web Usability," recommends against placing text on top of images or textured background in advertisements because only 35% of people will look at it. Is there any other ...
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Price Decimals on eCommerce Site

About a third of products do not have rounded numbers ($80.00). Should I display decimals for them? I am hesitant between keeping a consistent experience $143.99, $80.00, $23.12 and reducing the ...
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Why are image captions so compelling that they get read 300% more than body copy?

"Captions under images are read on average 300% more than the body copy itself". http://blog.kissmetrics.com/shocking-truth-about-graphics/ My research tells me this finding comes from David Ogilvy, ...
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Is there any research with respect to how font-weight affects readability?

Is there any research with respect to how font-weight affects readability? Obviously, there is some relation there, but I'm struggling to make a decision based on any facts. I created a jsFiddle ...
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Comments at the heart of a document

Context I just read the amazing question Emerging UI trend: comments in the margin - pros and cons?. I noticed this trend of putting the comments on the side of the documents (Google Docs is maybe ...
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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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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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How to reference (and provide links to) online content in offline media?

Provided that print publications produced in-house and "physical" advertisements have to reference or "link" to online content, what is an accessible (in broader sense) and user-friendly way to do so? ...
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Studies about how many lines from a testimonial a user will read on home page

I am building a home page for one of our products and researching how to integrate testimonial section. In my first prototype, I have 3 sentences which makes 6 lines on a tablet. My thought is ...
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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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Better alternative for readonly information in input box

I have this form where the topmost row (File #, Patient & Med.Aid) is readonly. Input boxes in this row are readonly and the cursor turns to "banned" icon on hovering those fields. I can't find a ...
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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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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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What's the ideal length of a paragraph

We all know what the ideal number of characters is for a line, however I haven't been able to find any guides on the number of lines that provide the best readability. I understand this is a bit ...
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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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 ...