Text Width and Margin Width Influences on Readability of GUIs

“With the increase of usage of the Internet many questions have been proposed and many suggestions offered on how to design a webpage for optimal readabili

“With the increase of usage of the Internet many questions have been proposed and many suggestions offered on how to design a webpage for optimal readability. Unfortunately, the majority of ‘guidelines’ or ‘rules’ for designing webpages have proven to be subjective and inconsistent. For example, many designers and publishing experts disagree on what text widths and margin widths should be used. Morris and Hinrich (1996), suggest that one should keep computer text lines short, 40-60 characters, or approximately 11 words per line. Meanwhile, Mills and Weldon (1987) propose that text with 80 characters per line seems easier to read than text with 40 characters per line. Neither of these groups give empirical data to back up their claims.”


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Date:
November 23, 2016
Author:
XPLANE