Re: Readability - CD/web site
From where I was seated I could see the icons on the 15-inch monitor;however, I could not tell one icon from the other though they were unique
and differently colored. I loaded my presentation slide and opened it. Now
instead of a pale green desktop screen I could see the power point slide
reflected off the plain glass hiding the camera from my view. The 42-inch
font was loud and clear on the white background but each line had only three
or four words. Even as I was wondering how many times I'll have to scroll
the pages to get to the end of the presentation, the production team decided
to test their lighting system. Four flash lights illuminated bright light on
my face from all directions. I could barely see anything in front of me.
When my eyes finally adjusted to the surrounding bright light, I understood
why the production manager had been insisting that I should prepare my
presentation using the template he had sent.
The template used a bluish-black background with Arial - 36 point size. On
an average, six words fit comfortably per line and more lines per screen.
This allowed me to chunk more words to form logical, though fragmented,
sentences and pace my speech more comfortably. I sat there porting all my
presentation content on to this template. In the end the rework was worth
the effort and the first recording was done without hurdles.
Aside from this quirky compulsion, I don't like using light text on a dark
background. Initially, this was an annoyance and matter of choice. Over
time, this has developed into a habit.
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RE: Readability - CD/web site: From: Blount, Patricia A
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