What do you use for the base font size?

9 months ago from Larry Ioannidis, Web Developer @ rakun.ie

  • Levi Whalen, 9 months ago

    I believe that is too long actually. Studies have shown that the optimal length is 50-60 characters wide -- with some exceptions up to 75. Read more about the study from Baymard Institute -> https://baymard.com/blog/line-length-readability

    :)

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    • Larry IoannidisLarry Ioannidis, 9 months ago

      Thank you for sharing the link. Really good read.

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    • Dirk HCM van BoxtelDirk HCM van Boxtel, 9 months ago

      And that's fine! Over time I've found different (contradicting) sources on the matter too and honestly, I believe it has a lot to do with other factors as well. It's all about how easily you interpret the words on the screen, so anything can distract:

      • Multiple columned layouts
      • Images next to text
      • What the font looks like (weight, style, family, etc)
      • How big your paragraphs are

      And if we go technically, I bet the length of the words you use changes how we read it too. If you think about it, it's all just about interpreting shapes. Sometimes more shapes can be beneficial, sometimes it makes it harder to distinguish individual elements (words, sentences, paragraphs).

      Point remains - ensure there's not too many characters on a line by making width depend on the number of characters :)

      This is where I think talent will trump knowledge. At some point you run out of knowledge or have contradicting sources, and you'll have to make a judgement call!

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