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Optimal line length on monitors

Dr. Bob Bailey has looked at the literature about optimal line length when reading from a monitor: "What can we conclude when users are reading prose text from monitors? Users tend to read faster if the line lengths are longer (up to 10 inches). If the line lengths are too short (2.5 inches or less) it may impede rapid reading. Finally, users tend to prefer lines that are moderately long (4 to 5 inches)."

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  • The article Optimal Line Length: Research Supporting Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - June 01, 2003

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COMMENTS

Isn't this also dependend on the monitor resolution? An inch contains more characters on 1600*1200 than at 800*600...

Pieter Verheij | June 05, 2003

 

I'm not as comfortable as Bob in making such conclusions about line-length because of the inconsistencies in the research findings and the quality of the research. As Pieter points out, it is dependent upon screen resolution, or more correctly the visual angles, horizontal and verticle.

Ron Zeno | June 05, 2003

 

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