Re: Optimal line length for sales documents in pdf

Subject: Re: Optimal line length for sales documents in pdf
From: "Peter Neilson" <neilson -at- windstream -dot- net>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Fri, 25 Sep 2015 10:41:03 -0400

On Fri, 25 Sep 2015 10:21:15 -0400, Kathleen MacDowell <kathleen -dot- eamd -at- gmail -dot- com> wrote:

Perhaps the idea of "the width of your eyes" was meant to allow for
scanning, which could make it easier for people to read materials,
especially technical ones.

Try reading a very long sentence having the page set horizontally and I
think you'll grasp the idea. There's a lot more to reading/understanding
than line width or sentence length, of course, but there's no reason to add to the readers' task.

Testing whether long lines are readable is a personal issue. Until yesterday I would have said that long lines are terribly difficult because the eye cannot correctly move from one line to the next, or even stay focused on one line, if the line is "too long".

Yesterday I got new eyeglasses that do not tilt on my face like my previous pair. I no longer find that one eye sees the wrong line part of the time. The new ones are truly ugly, but very sturdy.

Still, if nobody is going to read the text beyond the first paragraph, then lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua. Ut enim ad minim veniam, quis nostrud exercitation ullamco laboris nisi ut aliquip ex ea commodo consequat. Duis aute irure dolor in reprehenderit in voluptate velit esse cillum dolore eu fugiat nulla pariatur. Excepteur sint occaecat cupidatat non proident, sunt in culpa qui officia deserunt mollit anim id est laborum.
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