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Yes. The Oxford Comma increases readability. When items are logically separate, putting a delimiter between them makes their separation visually obvious. Without the delimiter, the separation can still be determined, but it is not obvious. The Oxford comma removes the requirement that the reader figure out whether item n and item n-1 are logically ...


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The book On Writing Well (a great book,) suggests making things like these plural. In the book, he talks about how to avoid the gender problem when talking about men/women. (By calling them people.) For example, when talking about a specific user, instead of saying "when he clicks on the button..." you'd say "when they click on the button...", or the passive ...


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I'd say the best two options are: 1) Display terms and conditions as long plain legalese text as usual, in a left hand column, but then summarise it in much shorter, friendlier, simpler text on the right. 500px.com does this really well: 2) Format the text in a legible manner. Separate it into linked sections with proper headings, good typography and ...


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You could consider changing the wording of the values: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups


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I think the top-voted answer is only partially correct... The Oxford comma can resolve ambiguity OR create ambiguity, depending on context. This is the reason that grammar experts and style guides disagree on the use of the Oxford comma - sometimes the Oxford comma helps, sometimes it actually hurts readability. Consider the following examples... "I gave ...


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I would say it has to do with the following reasons : Contrast : Studies have shown that black or dark backgrounds provide the easiest contrast and can allow users to read discrete information quickly without having to make an effort to discern details when in a dark environment (which is often the environment in cars) Darkness adaptive : Another reason ...


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There is no reason to force a user to read the terms and conditions first. It is not a legal requirement and it doesn't improve the UX. Don't do it. Legally they simply have to agree to the terms and conditions, and if they choose not to read them, then that is their problem. UX wise, what part of the experience are you trying to improve by doing this? ...


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Yes. Jakob Nielsen did a study many years ago and found that users like reading text that's easily scannable. Scanning can save users time. During the study, 15 participants always approached unfamiliar Web text by trying to scan it before reading it. Only 3 participants started reading text word by word, from the top of the page to the ...


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I don't deal in print, but I have read quite a bit about fonts in the past. Recent studies have shown that serif vs. sans serif on a computer display is not really what affects readability, even at lower resolutions. Print, however, is a different matter. The studies consistently indicate that in print, serif based fonts are easier to read. That said, some ...


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I feel like you have very different questions here. To answer your first question: is some research in regards to how font-weight affects readability? Yes, there is. First you have to understand that type/fonts are judged by their "readability" (how easily can words, sentences, and paragraphs be read by an average reader) and their "legibility" (how ...


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You have a few options in terms of referencing pages... QR Codes URL Shortener Using full URL Search No matter which method you choose to use, you have your pros and cons depending on your site's demographic. QR Codes Using a QR code is great for the younger, more tech-savvy, users. They usually carry smartphones with them and can easily scan your ...


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I think the key is in how it sounds when read aloud. When people read a sentence they normally "hear" it as speech with their internal voice (theories on this originally based on Lev Vygotsky's work, and there are even indications that this inner speech has an accent). A comma translates to a pause in speech, so I think readability will be improved if the ...


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How well a font displays on the web depends on how much hinting information it has had: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Font_hinting Font hinting takes a tremendous amount of time to do as the font must be adjusted at each size. The reason Arial, Verdana and other older fonts always display well is because they have been meticulously hinted. Verdana has a ...


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This is an interesting approach to this issue: “Terms of Service; Didn't Read” - http://tos-dr.info/ e.g. Facebook ToS:


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Background color is convention. This (hidden) rule will be learned by user soon. But I also recommend to show tooltip when user tries to edit (clicks) read-only cell. Such explicit message prevents guessing or abusing on imaginary non-working functionality.


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Source - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decimal_mark In Albania, Belgium, Bosnia, Estonia, France, Finland, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia and much of Latin Europe as well as French Canada: 1 234 567,89 (In Spain, in handwriting it is also common to use an upper comma: 1.234.567'89) In Brazil, Germany, Netherlands, Denmark, Italy, ...


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More readable in what context?. There lot's of evidence that readability depends on multiple variables. Keeping in mind this impact of external factors, then one hyphen may be more readable if the UI is higher density of elements, and the other would fare better with a lower density UI. Specifically in the case of store hours it is likely more important to ...


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For what it's worth - I tried a variety of timings myself and ended up at 3200ms for a two line message of up to about 20 words. But I also place a small dot (10px diameter) to the left, which is coloured according to message type (eg red/error, blue/info, orange/warning) and which fades out over the 3200ms. When the fade gets to 100%, the message itself ...


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Keep it simple: Send to: User Admin Manager It is quite common in English to skip articles at all in titles, etc.


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I've been scolded for using too much bold in SO questions, so I learned that... Using too much bold disrupts your natural reading rhythm, but some italics and bold can be helpful in appropriate quantities. If your text contains a lot of highlighting or bold, consider breaking it up into bulleted lists.


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I have been researching over the years about the same thing (I want to write a kids book) I'm afraid I don't have links for you, just pointers: Small chunks of text at a time (4-5 lines, 7-9 words) The font should be bigger than the text here. 14pt perhaps. White space. Gutter space. White area all around the text and between chunks. Pictures if you can. ...


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If you look at most languages they are from left to right and the basic concept of a chat is about mutual interaction based upon the person's previous response. Hence, your responses will be driven by the response of your chat partner and hence his response is placed on the left and your response on the right since your response is driven by what he has ...


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This is most prevalent with hand-written numbers as some people draw their 1's like their 7's. The dash is used the differentiate the two from each other. With respect to this specific case, I assume it is for the same reason - because the number is along a curve the 7 could be interpreted as a 1, so the dash was added for clarity. I don't think I have ...


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Place the ingredients above the instructions, possibly even in the top-corner of each page so that you can see the ingredients easily when flicking through the book. Cooking books aren't only used when the recipe is being cooked but when it's being researched. By having the ingredients at the top of the instructions they are consistently in the same place ...


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If the user can't get this information from context, repeat it. Perhaps put less emphasis on it (eg. don't make the text "Updated" bold), but do repeat it so the user has a local context right next to the data to decode what it means. There's no 'standard' for this as it is, yet we're over with map legends in 2012. For a repeated label, it's enough to ...


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Note that "I am" is also not grammatical if two people are operating the machine as a pair. Quite simply Choose destination for image: {User, Administrator, Manager} Send image to: {User, Administrator, Manager} Send image to User is not bad grammar. Rather, it is an example of the condensed dialect of English that is used in newspaper headlines and ...


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Terms and Conditions, Privacy Policy, and similar documents are there primarily for legal reasons, not UX ones. So the reason that they are usually terrible to read is that they are written in legaleses rather than human speak. A good alternative is to add additional explanations in human speak next to the legalese. StackExchange is a good example to ...


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A lot depends on your audience and your product, but in general the term "Millions of colours" isn't particularly helpful. Do you mean 2 million or 786 million? If you're selling a new DSLR camera, the common jargon is 12-bit, 14-bit, etc. and not the number of colours - so that is what you should stick to. If you're talking about software (especially ...


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Evidence says there's not a significant difference between the speed of recognition for 'line-based' vs. 'filled' icons. When it comes to icon readability (interpreting 'readability' as inverse to 'time it takes to understand') other factors are more important than style differences. Here's an excellent, annotated article from boxesandarrows.com covering ...


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The correct use of em and en The em dash (— U+2014) is used to indicate a sudden break in thought ("I was thinking about writing a--what time did you say the movie started?"), a parenthetical statement that deserves more attention than parentheses indicate, or instead of a colon or semicolon to link clauses. It is also used to indicate an ...



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