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Preparing Text

Article Summary: A guide to gathering text for the internet.

Many visitors on the internet tend to scan text headings and sub headings before deciding to read an article or jump to another website. Generally, the way you read on the internet is very different to the way you actually read in real life. If your web visitors find something of interest, they tend to read more slow than if they read the same article in printed form. The reason been is that the resolution of web text is much lower than a printed page. A printed page may contain text at 300-600 dpi (dots per line) while most text on the internet are displayed at 72-96dpi. Text is generally harder to read on a computer screen, but having text displayed in lower resolutions, or setting text to a smaller typeface makes it even more difficult for web visitors.

Supported Text on the Internet

Of the many font typefaces, only three basic type families will show up across all computer platforms. The reason for this is that support for a particular typeface is limited and varies from one platform to another. The most common typeface on the internet are serif, mono spaced, and sans serif. The specific typefaces are Times New Roman, Courier New, Ariel, and Veranda. If you use a font other than those mentioned, the text may appear differently on your visitors browser - unless the correct font type has already been installed on their computer. If a font is not installed, the browser will automatically switch to another pre-installed font on your visitors operating system. Veranda is a popular typeface used to display reading text on the internet. It is widely distributed and is available on all platforms. The text itself is bigger in size compared to the traditional Times New Roman, and generally easier to read. If you want to use a particular typeface that can be viewed in any platform on the internet, the best solution for uncommon typeface is to create the text and save it in a graphics editing program.

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