Why Do Online Publishers Keep Using ‘Portrait’ Format?

It’s surprising to me that online newsletters and ‘magazines’ keep publishing in a vertical 8½x11 or ‘portrait’ format instead of in the horizontal or ‘landscape’ format of the typical computer screens on which most subscribers read their work.

When the publication is single column, portrait format might work, but if the page has two or more columns, the reader has to scroll down and up to read from one column to the next. If the newsletter were is landscape format, this annoyance would be eliminated. You could view the full page.

Please, online publishers, join me in changing to landscape format out of consideration of your readers!

Readability of Websites, Emails and Even Your Phone Screen Can Become an Issue as You Age

Why would someone create a website and not make it readable?

I have a pet peeve that I need to get off my chest. I call it the “graying of the internet.”  Here are some examples:

> Website designers are fond of using sans serif fonts in smaller sizes and 50% black — in other words gray! Here is an extreme example from one such website:

Why would anyone create a website, then make it hard to read? 

> The default font for many email programs such as Outlook, which I use, is 11 pt. Calibri, which looks like this:  

At least it is black, not gray, and it looks big enough.  On a computer screen, however, there’s no need for type to be so small.  I changed the default on my outgoing emails to 14 pt. Georgia, the most readable serif font.

> The default font on the iPhone can be made more readable. Under Settings, click General, then Accessibility.

I’ve created a web page, www.ReadabilityYes.info, with instructions for changing the default font on four popular email programs — Gmail, Microsoft Outlook, AOL and Mail.