Questions tagged [readability]

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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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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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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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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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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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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Readability of form input fields and confirmation

I have a form that the user inputs some data to send to a server but I'm wondering how does a user normally read a form for input purposes? Should it be Input, Button, Confirmation then close: Or ...
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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 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: 1/...
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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 layout. ...
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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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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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How to make a big random value more readable for humans?

I have a strong random value that looks something like 4?1V*8G?ۑL?? (it is actually even worse as some of the characters were changed to ? when pasting it here). I can convert it to a hexidecimal ...
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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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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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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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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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How to provide better UX for a list of user consents

I'm working on a UI that requires end user consent to proceed with a sign-up. Thought of using inline checkboxes within the consent statement. As you see below... I have not come across this method ...
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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 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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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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Chat Arrangement for Desktop Chat App, List or Left-right?

I'm designing Desktop Chat app, but I see most of it using list arrangement eg. Facebook & Telegram than left-right arrangement eg. Skype. which one the best for readability? List Arrangement: ...
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When to use all upper case?

From my understanding: It had been thought all uppercase (e.g. THIS IS SCREAMING) was hard to read because of the way the eye works. It is now understood that all uppercase is hard to read just ...
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How often should the same hyperlink appear in a document?

I was reading a blog post today that made me question how often a hyperlink to the same content should appear in a document. In the post, nearly every reference to HDL (with the exception of one ...
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How do we convey a web page or app for different age groups?

A children's book is colorful and has large letters. At the same time, when we grow up, letter size is reduced by age, and in old age there is much less color and letters are larger. So, if a page is ...
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What characteristics should a typography have to be used in subtitles?

I want to know what characteristics are important for a typography for being used in subtitles. I'm talking about readability and not-so-important, about aesthetics. How the fonts are chosen? I ...
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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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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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Statistics (or tools) on screen calibration & readability

Fairly straight forward question, but I could not find any answers to it. Are there any known statistics regarding screen calibration & readability? Are there any colors to avoid where screen ...
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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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Why are chart x-axis values slanted bottom up for long labels?

Anyone knows why when we need slanted values at the x-axis, for example for a bar chart, why slanted values are always left to right, bottom-up (as in the image), instead of being displayed up-down?
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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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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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How opaque should a secondary text be?

There is a debate between the UI and the UX staff about "How opaque should a secondary text be?" This is the example UI: The design is meant to be minimalist. We use only black & white, no ...
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Why do train departure boards use orange text on black background?

At train stations in the UK (and I also noticed in Italy) - the departure/arrival boards use orange text on a black background. However, at airports there appear to be a much wider variety of colour ...
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Is it ok to embolden parts of bullet points or should I always rewrite them so that the most important words come first?

Although I try to shorten bullet points as much as possible, I also would like an audience member to be able to scan the slide in a few seconds to remind himself of what I have talked about. To ...
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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 placement ...
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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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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: Trainers ...
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Best way to sort a multi-column list: Top to bottom or left to right first?

I'm creating a long list of countries that span across 3 columns and initially I ordered them left to right and then top to bottom but a colleague of mine said it would be more natural to sort it ...
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Why do Dutch truck number plates have a gap in the 'zero'?

Some recent number plates of Dutch trucks have a gap in the top left part of the 'zero'. Example: (source: cbr.nl) I assume this is done to increase readability; I can't think of any other reason. It ...
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Multi-column form design [duplicate]

I'd like your feedback on a situation I'm facing with my stakeholders with regards to a particular web form design. I'm new to my role as a UX Designer and hope to learn from experienced folks here. ...
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Is UPPERCASE text more readable when used in button? [duplicate]

Google material guideline use Uppercase in button. Which button do you think is more readable? https://material.io/guidelines/components/buttons.html https://material-components-web.appspot.com/...
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Why are text articles on the web so thin? [duplicate]

I've recently noticed that articles on the web tend to be very thin with lots of whitespace to the left and right. Why is that? Two examples: http://99percentinvisible.org/article/underwater-cloud-...
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Using RSVP abbreviation as UI element

Our software deals with managing event attendance, so that manager can see how many people accepted/rejected/not responded to the invites. So the question is the "RSVP" abbreviation popular enough, ...
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Which navigation pattern to use

We are currently working on designing a Responsive Web Site for a very niche market. The user base (elderly) would be using this site purely from content consumption - reading perspective more than ...