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Make your text readable

Tuesday, December 13, 2005  

What is it with microscopic type on web sites? Is it cool to be
illegible? Does the designer hate the over-40 crowd? Are bigger fonts
more expensive?

Here are some guidelines for readable text on your intranet:
  • Use high-contrast colors. Black on white is the best.
  • Use 12-point type for optimal reading speed. For the small print, 10-point should be the minimum size.
  • Align left. Justified text destroys word spacing; right-aligned slows the eye.
  • On-screen, there is no difference in reading speed between serif and sans-serif. However, most users prefer sans-serif.
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About the Author

I'm Chris McGrath, an intranet consultant in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I've been working on intranets since 1997, and on plain ol' web sites for even longer. I run One Intranets, the firm that co-created ThoughtFarmer -- an enterprise collaboration platform for Windows-based intranets.