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I think the plain language way is more readable, because you're reading it in a natural way as if it's a sentence. But that could be entirely my own preference. It should fit within your application. It should fit the tone.


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I have tried using columns for a long texts when page was viewed on a wide monitor (over 1000px). It looked good but there were problems when columns were longer than the height of the monitor. Reader have to scroll to read one column to the end and then scroll back up to start reading the next column. This isn't a problem in printed media because the whole ...


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"Besides technical reasons, what are reasons why to avoid ebook creation software and just display as pdfs." You state besides tehcnical but then immediately bring in technology by referencing creation software. Non technical PDF Fixed page layout It renders to the screen the same as printer Fixed layout - you can have table of contents and links but it ...


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It's a common practice to truncate headlines when they are too long. Key words here being "too long". I'd cut it after three or five first words, because users cannot construct (guess) the phrase by just two words. Another way would be to calculate a physiologically ideal width of column (something around 450 px) and stick to that. Truncation typically ...


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It is actually not uncommon at all to truncate titles. It is obviously not desirable and hopefully can be avoided, but sometimes there are good reasons to do truncation, even on titles. For example, an app in multiple languages may look fine in English but the headers could break your layout in another language - overflowing a div, introducing unwanted line ...


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As you move into multiple media (web to phone) creating transportable content is more and more important. Content management can mean a lot but one is creating content that you can publish to many formats. HTML, CHM, PDF, HTML5, XPS ...... In the Microsoft WPF desktop world there is a format FlowDocument that is a pain to create but presents nicely and ...


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While Flash is almost ubiquitous, it is still not universal, and not supported on many mobile devices. Doing the pages as straight HTML with hyperlinks may work, but is not as portable. Building the interactivity takes additional time and effort and I am not sure if the result is worth the extra effort. Not to mention the fact that HTML doesn't lend ...


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It all depends on what you want to achieve in terms of reading experience. If your users just need to be able to read and search text then PDFs should be sufficient because I think most people are used to them after xx number of years. The only case for an interactive e-book that I can think of would be to provide interaction with the book such as a ...


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Personally, I'd go for pdf. Firstly, not every browser is the same (html5), and not everybody has flash (iOS/android). Secondly, PDFs can also be saved and read when the user is offline


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In my experience, I've noticed that this is something used mostly by younger designers. In all honesty, I was guilty of it too in my youth (ha). When I've talked to younger designers about it, and reflecting on my own thinking, the reason seems to be two-fold: when we're younger, it's easier to read text that doesn't have as high of a contrast than it is ...


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I absolutely agree with the other answers, that grey to black can help distinguish the importance of information. Nevertheless, In my experience: an unreadable grey usually comes from (definitely not best in class) graphic-designers who think that light-grey looks better than black. Simple as that. It's about the aesthetic in photoshop and not the end user.


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You've got the right idea on keeping your contrast strong with plain white and black. Textures and shadows can distract a bit. I would try yellow text on black, or deep red on white. Yellow, Red and Green are typically the attention-grabbing colors used in "new! sale! free! shiny thing!" type elements...and as long as that same color isn't repeated around ...



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