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Well I'm not an avid book reader, but I am a programmer and I look at text all day. For me text is a tool. I started programming with notepad black and white and it really wasn't all that great. Today my workshop looks like this. This is highly tailored to my preferences. In low light environments I strongly prefer light on dark, and I suspect most ...


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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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Search engines is a reason not to use smart anything. Granted your app may never care about using a search engine but you asked a general question. If someone enters can't as a search term on the keyboard and it does not find can’t they don't understand. So you make the search engine to search multiple ways. It takes longer. What if I searched on ...


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The most obvious explanation is that most people don’t care about correct punctuation marks in this respect—but people do care about having spelling corrected. People often have strong feelings about spelling autocorrect, but we don’t often see them complaining about "..." versus “...”. Moreover, such issues are mostly relevant in documents to be ...


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Using black text on white background can obviously make your screen contrast. To make your screen comfortable to view, you can change the brightness and apply for an app called F.lux. This is a freeware to make your computer color automatically changed by the time of day, no-glare on your eyes. Actually the color is not the point, the time on staring at it ...



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