The problem of text readability on the website – one of the leading issues, the web design of today. To refrain from use of the site many fonts or fonts that are different in size, quite hard. Because literally every day there are more and more new fonts to satisfy any aesthetic taste. However, in pursuit of a beautiful text style it is important not to forget that the main thing is still content. So the font selection should not affect the quality of information perception visitor.
Here are a few recommendations for the correct layout of the text on the site.
When you need to highlight a particularly important text, it is customary to write it in a larger font. In the main text of the page, the headlines of the sections are usually the largest in size, with slightly smaller headings of subsections or materials, and even smaller - the main text. This is quite enough for visual separation of the text. If the number of different font sizes in the main text of the page is longer, then the user may not understand what information is important. By the way, for other elements of the page, such as menus or footers, it is acceptable to use different font sizes.
Nowadays there are so many different set of fonts. in the style of "techno" in style "retro" or "country", fonts that mimic handwriting, etc. But what looks good on paper may not be acceptable for the main text of the site. In paper I like to use serif typefaces. For example, one of the common serif fonts, Times New Roman, is great for documents, because it looks very representative. Notches at the ends of letters make it easier to read the text, but only if it is printed at high resolution. However, the same font for the site with a small resolution of the user's monitor looks illegible, the user has to strain his eyes to read the text.
Much more acceptable for the main text of the site some chopped font. Traditionally it's Verbana. Chopped fonts have larger characters and a larger intersymbol distance, so they are more convenient to read from the monitor screen.
Choosing the font for the site, it is impossible "to overdo". For the main text pages it is better to use one headset, and for the site logo or navigation, you can use several different typefaces. In General, the experts on usability recommend use no more than three different set of fonts on the page.
Particularly important words, phrases or sentences, you can highlight underlined. bold or italic font style. Bold font is suitable for highlighting an entire line, italic for individual words or short phrases. Underline the text should be used carefully, because hyperlinks are usually emphasized. It is important to remember that it makes sense to select only small parts of the text in bold or italic text, because if everything is selected, then nothing is really allocated.
By the way, the allocation of large sections of the text in capital letters also does not contribute to a qualitative perception of information. After all, if all the letters are equally large, then it is unclear where the new sentence begins, what words are proper names, etc.
For good perception,the alignment of the text on the page. The most optimal option – left alignment because the text is right-aligned page, or width, is read much worse. For example, if the string less than 40 characters, then this line justified alignment is not suitable, the text is too "intermittent".
Line spacing, called in typography by leading, as well as intersignal intervals, called kerning, should have values not less than by default. Too dense text is very difficult to read.
The size of the blocks of text on the page also play an important role for the perception of the text by site visitors. If the main text of the page is presented as a single solid block, then it is perceived worse than the text, broken into several small paragraphs of 3-5 sentences each. Worse also perceived worse wide blocks of text compared to narrow ones.
Thus, with the help of correct formatting of the text on the site you can highlight the main and background information in the text, at a glance to evaluate the content of the site page. If the visitor of the site will be pleased and comfortable to read the text on your pages, this will positively affect his evaluation of the web design of your site.