Making Your Website Readable

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In the short time you have to get a viewer?s attention, you mustn?t waste time with text that is hard to read. I?ve mentioned this topic briefly before but thought it worthy of more detail.

One of the things that makes text hard to read is poor alignment. While keeping text center-aligned makes it look even, it can be hard to read. Compare the following example:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing 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.

with:

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipisicing 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.

The greater the difference in indentation, the greater the difficulty in reading it. With little time to get a viewer?s attention, you don?t want it to be a frustrating experience. Keeping text left-aligned is easier to read.

More on this topic later.

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