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Subject:Re: Hyphenation on Web Application Pages From:Pro TechWriter <pro -dot- techwriter -at- gmail -dot- com> To:techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com Date:Wed, 15 Jul 2009 08:12:45 -0500
I wasn't clear on one fact: the column of text is an image, not text. That
in itself is a problem as well--no way to make the text larger.
On Tue, Jul 14, 2009 at 5:13 PM, Keith Hood <klhra -at- yahoo -dot- com> wrote:
> Why not just widen the column to remove the need for hyphenating?
> --- On Tue, 7/14/09, Pro TechWriter <pro -dot- techwriter -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:
> > From: Pro TechWriter <pro -dot- techwriter -at- gmail -dot- com>
> > Subject: Hyphenation on Web Application Pages
> > To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> > Date: Tuesday, July 14, 2009, 4:28 PM
> > Hi Whirlers:
> > We have a dilemma. There is a welcome page that our users
> > see that allows
> > them to log in and see someone else's work. The written
> > text on this page
> > was done by someone else (not a technical communicator).
> > I was told that it was written to be more "friendly" than
> > the usual
> > technical writing. (It starts with the equivalent of "dude"
> > and it's not a
> > gaming system!)
> > There are a few problems with it, including some pretty
> > obvious grammar
> > errors, but I am wondering about something else. The text
> > is in a rather
> > narrow column down the side of the page, and some of it is
> > hyphenated (and
> > hyphenated at the first two characters). I have
> > noticed recently that some
> > of the twenty- and thirty-somethings around here have some
> > trouble reading
> > hyphenated words in text.
> > This got me thinking. I could think of very few examples of
> > hyphenated text
> > in columns in recent articles. It is rare even in our local
> > newspaper. I
> > think we should not hyphenate the text in the browser
> > window, but I don't
> > have any hard evidence to support this, just watching
> > people try to read
> > it.
> > Any comments, opinions, hard data?
> > Thanks,
> > PT
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