[maemo-users] [maemo-users] Re: ssh install failure

From: Neil MacLeod gmane at nmacleod.com
Date: Thu Jan 4 03:08:41 EET 2007
Zoran Kolic wrote:
> Sorry to reply so lately. I had hard
> time to send mail to the maemo ser-
> ver, whatever the reason is.
>> (Why wrap the text so narrowly?)
> The eyes go downward, not left-right.

Hi Zoran

English, when written with a fixed-width font, typically contains 12-14 words per line (on average).

Text with too many words per line becomes difficult to follow, and text with too few words per line rapidly becomes irritating and uncomfortable to read due to the excessive left-right-down motion required by the eye balls as they follow the text.

As has been demonstrated by the extreme examples in previous posts, your argument that "The eyes go downward, not left-right" is clearly flawed - the eyes do in fact go left-right AND down! The point is to format text in such a way that it is comfortable for the eyes to read it - all of your posts so far have failed in this respect, unless of course the reader suffers from tunnel vision.

Just a thought, but you may end up receiving fewer replies to your messages as people won't bother to read what you have to say due to the poor formatting, in which case it's in your own interests to at least try to conform.

My advice to you would be to stop inserting carriage returns every 6 or 7 words and instead allow the text to wrap normally so that the viewer can read your messages with text formatted as narrow or as wide as they feel comfortable.

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