PBA Front-End Programming Textual Composition
Textual Composition • Even with proper choice of font/typeface, the physical organisation of text still matters • Avoid ”walls of text” • Avoid monotony… • …but also avoid too many surprises!
Textual Composition BORING!!
Textual Composition • Various types of ”space” are useful • Margins - separates text blocks from other page elements • Alignment – helps the user to navigate • Can help the user to navigate between lines • Left-justified text is usually considered the best choice for text on the screen
Textual Composition • Text can also be emphasised in various ways • Common effects for emphasis • Bold • Italic • Underline • Coloring • CAPITALS
Textual Composition • When could emphasis of text be appropriate? • Introducing a new term • Using an adjective in ”strong form” • Indicating text which also has a function (link) • Draw attention to an important piece of data • …?
Textual Composition • ”…the emergence of quantum physics” • ”…that room was scary, John” • ”…also check out www.cnn.com” • ”…more than 2,000 families are affected”
Textual Composition • Tips on text emphasis • Use sparingly, otherwise effect is lost! • Emphasis is for very short text passages, not e.g. an entire paragraph • Emphasis and e.g. choosing a font for a heading is two different things…