Using ems to set line length


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Using ems to set line length

It's time to find a good line length for our sans serif bibliography. If a line length is too long, our eyes and brain have to work harder to follow the whole line of text. Readers can end up reading the same line of text over and over again. On the other hand when text lines are too short, the lines can feel choppy and undermine the rhythm of the text. A recommended line length for text on the Web is about 75 to 85 characters per line.

So let's take a look at our PT Sans set at 79 characters per line. The right ragged edge is more jagged than I'd like to see it. There is quite a discrepancy between the long and short lines in the text, so this line length may not work for us. I don't want to go any longer because this is a list of resources we are working with and each resource only has one short paragraph. I'm concerned about the text looking too horizontal, even if the line length is within range for readability.

So let's try going a little shorter. Here the line ...

Using ems to set line length
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Using ems to set line length provides you with in-depth training on Web. Taught by Laura Franz as part of the Typography for Web Designers

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Web
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TextWrangler
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