Line length and readability
We’ve always been told that lines of text should not be longer than 55 - 65 characters or thereabouts. Well, guess what – longer lines may not be that bad for on-screen readability after all:
- The Effects of Line Length on Reading Online News, a study published at Usability News, shows that line lengths of 95 characters per line result in higher reading speed.
- The paper How physical text layout affects reading from screen points in the same direction. Joe Clark has posted some comments on the study in Line lengths when reading from a screen.