RE: Font size

Subject: RE: Font size
From: Robert -dot- Partridge -at- MONDEX -dot- com
To: Robert -dot- Partridge -at- MONDEX -dot- com, techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com, margulis -at- fiam -dot- net
Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2000 12:37:50 +0100

Hi Dick,

Ahhh, so you're saying that the Frame books work because they are in two
columns, keeping the line length down. That would make sense. It makes it
easier to scan down a column quickly. My book was OK because the information
was in tables and small nuggets. It would also explain why some of my
college text books were such a drudge to read (long line length, small



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> Dick Margulis[SMTP:margulis -at- fiam -dot- net] said:
> When people use default margins on letter-size paper, small point sizes
> create lines that are too long. So larger sizes work better. (This has
> nothing to do with how far your nose is from the page, by the way, or
> with the assumed visual acuity of the typical reader.)
> The maximum line length for good readability--at typical text
> leading--is between 60 and 70 characters.) (This is because of the way
> the eye moves across when reading. Therefore, once you select a font and
> margins,the variable that is easiest to control is point size.

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