Friday, July 22, 2005

The Effects of Line Length on Reading Online News:
This summarises some research on the most effective line length for reading online. The summary of the article is as follows:
"This study examined the effects of line length on reading performance. Reading rates were found to be fastest at 95 characters per line (cpl). Readers reported either liking or disliking the extreme line lengths (35 cpl, 95 cpl). Those that liked the 35 cpl indicated that the short line length facilitated “faster” reading and was easier because it required less eye movement. Those that liked the 95 cpl stated that they liked having more information on a page at one time. Although some participants reported that they felt like they were reading faster at 35 cpl, this condition actually resulted in the slowest reading speed."

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