Centered Text is Good for Wedding Invitations and Wine Labels, not for the Web

first_imgWhen I read Jared Spool’s tweet last weekend, I smiled and nodded my head. PSA: Center-justified text is only for wine bottle labels and wedding invitations.Practically all copy text is easier to read when it’s left justified. Do your users a favor and avoid center-justified text.Brought to you by the Left Justified Justice League.— Jared Spool (@jmspool) November 19, 2017Why was I smiling? Two days earlier, I had a 30-minute phone call with a new client about their website redesign. We discussed their requirements and had a short conversation on why I recommend left-justified text on their website:It was easier to read, since the beginning of each line of text starts in the same placeIt was faster to read, because the user knew where each line startedCentered text is difficult to read, because it forces the user to work harder to find the beginning of the lineWhy Centered Text Doesn’t Work for HeadingsOne of Spool’s Twitter followers said he didn’t agree, he felt centered headings were helpful for users to separate content from headings. But he was open to learning why centered text was considered bad.Spool replied with three reasons to avoid using centered heading text:1/ Any time you adjust the left margin (or right for RtL languages), you put unnecessary burden on the user comprehend the meaning.If the indentation was consistent, that would be different. But with centered text, the indentation is derived from text length, so it varies.— Jared Spool (@jmspool) November 19, 20172/ That puts burden on the user to try to find it. (It’s particularly bad when the text length of the heading is close to the body width, because then you can’t use position to indicate it’s headingness at all. Multi-line heads are even worse in this case.)— Jared Spool (@jmspool) November 19, 20173/ There are many better ways to indicate a heading is something different than the body text. Mucking about with a variable left margin is not ideal.— Jared Spool (@jmspool) November 19, 2017His follow-up tweets gave me added support for the next time a client requested centered text on their website. Spool also explained in a follow-up tweet that he was referring to languages that read left-to-right. SummaryImprove readability of your content by using left-justified text instead of centered text. It’s easier and faster to read text that doesn’t force the reader to search for the beginning of each line. Do you agree centered text should only be used for wedding invitations and wine labels? Share your thoughts in the comments.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedCanton Goodfellows Website Redesign LaunchedI’m happy to announce the launch of the redesigned website for Canton Goodfellows. A local nonprofit organization, Canton Goodfellows is dedicated to providing gifts and clothing to Canton, Michigan children in need during Christmas time. Their mission is to ensure no child in Canton goes without a Christmas. Why Redesign?…In “Website launch”10 Ways to Improve Accessibility on Websites and Social MediaWhen I chatted about accessibility with other attendees at WordCamp Denver 2018 this weekend, I shared some of my tips and blog posts on how they could improve accessibility on their websites. After one conversation, they thanked me for the recommendations, and asked if I had a summary post that…In “Accessibility”October 5, 2018 Weekly Roundup of Web Design and Development NewsIn this week’s web design and development news roundup, you’ll learn why every designer should have a foundation in psychology, find out the tentative schedule for WordPress 5.0, discover how to improve color accessibility on your website/apps, and more. If you’re new to my blog, each Friday I publish a…In “Web design & development links”last_img read more

HR’s Real Purpose

first_imgA couple of months ago, the Society for Human Resource Management published Repurposing HR: From a Cost Center to a Business Accelerator by Carol E. M. Anderson, SHRM-SCP. She is the founder and principal of Anderson Perfomance Partners in St. Augustine, Fla.Repurposing HR explains how and why eliminating organizational silos and fostering collective thinking can lead HR to improve the performance and productivity of the workforce. The book, according to Dr. Sandra J. Guerra, SHRM-SCP, past president of the Greater Orlando Society for Human Resource Management, “provides an insightful and thought-provoking road map” to guide HR and other business leaders in advancing an organization’s goals.The HR Magazine Book Blog interviewed Anderson.To read the interview, please click here.last_img read more

Autonomic Computing: Freeing Up People to Focus no Innovation

first_imgThe term autonomic computing may have come from a 2001 IBM paper that predicted that systems and software would become increasingly complex and the only way to effectively manage them would be to make the systems themselves more flexible and self-managing. The idea is that the software controlling systems could be made smart enough so that it would be able to optimize, configure and heal itself without the need for humans to be involved. Charles Crouchman, CTO at Turbonomic, said that “the idea of an autonomic data center has always made sense to us, but the underlying and fundamental technology enablement for it was not in place until recently… Automation can lessen the burden of that lower-level, repeated work so people can focus on innovation.” Software is getting smart. Software algorithms are promoted to become managers of systems. This kind of self-managing, self-healing software is called autonomic computing. Increasingly software is being created that can automate lower-level time-consuming tasks and decisions that would otherwise need to be done by humans. Dr. Kumar at IBM said that “higher order benefits will include allowing companies to better manage their business through IT systems that are able to adopt and implement directives based on business policy, and are able to make modifications based on changing environments.”last_img read more

Ronaldo a Real superstar, Bale a fading light

first_imgReal Madrid Ronaldo still Real’s shining superstar with Bale now a fading light Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 22:39 10/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(13) Cristiano Ronaldo Real Madrid Eibar La Liga Getty Real Madrid Eibar v Real Madrid Eibar Primera División Gareth Bale Cristiano Ronaldo Opinion The Portuguese scored both goals to give Los Blancos a hard-fought win at Eibar, in what was another disappointing afternoon for the Welsh winger Cristiano Ronaldo’s rise continues. The 33-year-old was on target twice to give Real Madrid all three points at Eibar on Saturday. But, alongside him in attack, these are trying times for Gareth Bale.The Portuguese made the difference again. His fantastic form in 2018 is quite a contrast to his struggles in front of goal in the Primera Division earlier on in the season. In the first half of the campaign, he netted only four times. But now, in early March and despite the occasional rest, he has already added 14 more.Three goals against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League – two at the Santiago Bernabeu and one at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday –  also helped Zinedine Zidane’s side secure their place in the last eight of Europe’s premier club competition. Cristiano is well and truly back to doing what he does best. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp But amid Ronaldo’s rise, Bale’s star is fading at Real. The Welsh winger was willing at Eibar on Saturday, but struggled to make an impact in the tight spaces of a small playing surface at Ipurua.It was one of those afternoons for the 28-year-old. Whatever he tried did not really seem to come off. His movement was sometimes slow, while he cut an isolated figure and there appeared to be a lack of communication with his team-mates too. He also missed the target with a header from close range.Bale did not start either of the games against PSG in the last 16 of the Champions League and is clearly falling down the pecking order at Madrid. And, although he is still being used by Zidane in some fixtures, it is a much more secondary role for the former Tottenham man these days.A three-time Champions League winner since his €100 million move from White Hart Lane in the summer of 2013, Bale has been hampered by injuries during his time in Spain and his impressive early-season sparkle has also gone in recent weeks.”He is in a team where there are many players and sometimes he hasn’t played,” Zidane said on Friday. “He is fundamental for us and he will be until the end of the season, just like the others. There is nothing more.Eibar Real Madrid score“I have to pick a team every three days and that is what I am doing. It is not a problem for him because we talk. He knows where he is and that all of the players are important. You [the media] want to look for a problem, but there is no problem. Gareth is important, but there are other important players.”That message, however, is very similar to how Zidane used to speak of James Rodriguez, who was ultimately sent away to Bayern Munich on a two-year loan after finding his opportunities limited under the French coach.It is also quite different to Zidane’s initial message on arrival as coach at Real, when he would not reveal his preferences in terms of team selection, but said: “The idea is to play with the three (Ronaldo, Bale and Karim Benzema) in attack.”Gareth Bale Real Madrid EibarThat is no longer the case, with Zidane also opting for 4-4-2 in recent times and Bale, despite finishing the game on Saturday wide left – the position where he made his name at Spurs – was unable to shine once again.So, while Ronaldo remains as important as ever with his goals for Los Blancos, the Welshman’s influence continues to fade at Real Madrid.last_img read more

We were patient, says Dzeko

first_imgEdin Džeko Dzeko: Roma deserved great win for patience against Shakhtar Ben Spratt Last updated 1 year ago 07:07 14/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Edin Dzeko Roma Shakhtar Donetsk Getty Edin Džeko Roma v Shakhtar Donetsk Roma Shakhtar Donetsk UEFA Champions League The striker felt his second half strike was well deserved as his side reached the quarter-finals for the third time in their history Edin Dzeko credited his Roma team-mates for a “patient” performance as they dumped Shakhtar Donetsk out of the Champions League.A 1-0 win, after a 2-1 defeat in Kharkiv, took Roma through on away goals as Dzeko scored seven minutes into the second half with the game’s first chance of note.And although the Serie A side were outplayed for long periods at Stadio Olimpico, the Bosnian praised the way his side did not panic before eventually finding the breakthrough. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp “It was a great night for me, for Roma and the whole club,” Dzeko told UEFA’s website. “We deserved this.”We were patient. We knew that one goal could see us reach the quarter-finals. We scored that goal and then we did everything all together.”I did [think a second effort was in] but the ball somehow went wide of the goal. That [one that went in] was the golden one.”I’m proud of this team because I think we knocked out a very strong team.”He added: “Everyone deserves a standing ovation because we all gave absolutely everything, right up until the last minute. We deserve to go through, to be in the quarter-finals.”And Roma legend Francesco Totti also congratulated his former side on Twitter.”A fantastic result, a fantastic Roma: among the best eight sides in Europe,” he posted. “We push forward onto the next round.”last_img read more

Mourinho questions United mentality

first_imgJosé Mourinho Matic was an island of personality – Mourinho questions United mentality Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 06:49 18/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) José Mourinho Manchester United Romelu Lukaku Brighton & Hove Albion FA Cup Manchester United v Brighton & Hove Albion Videos Despite seeing Manchester United progress into the semi-finals of the FA Cup by beating Brighton, the manager was annoyed by his side Jose Mourinho singled out Nemanja Matic as an “island of personality” as he criticised the mentality of his Manchester United players despite booking a place in the FA Cup semi-finals.Romelu Lukaku and Matic converted United’s only two efforts on target in a 2-0 win against Brighton and Hove Albion at Old Trafford on Saturday to set up a trip to Wembley.Mourinho had told his players to “grow up” following Tuesday’s surprise defeat to Sevilla in the Champions League and the Portuguese left Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez as unused substitutes against Brighton. Editors’ Picks Williams case shows Solskjaer isn’t holding Man Utd’s youngsters back – he’s protecting them Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Luke Shaw was hauled off at half-time despite playing a role in Lukaku’s opener, with Mourinho unimpressed with United’s performance in a dour display against the Seagulls.”I didn’t like the game,” Mourinho told BT Sport. “I think we deserved to win because I think the game was in control for the majority, we scored two and they didn’t score, so we clearly deserved it but we didn’t play the way I want.”I had a reaction from some. Some players were mentally strong enough with football quality and that was the reason we won, but a team of 11 must have six or seven performing and wanting responsibility to play. I’m not happy with the performance, I’m happy with the result.”When I spend two days with faster build-up and ball arriving earlier between lines and in attacking areas it depends on decisions in possession and movement in attack, I spend two days working on it but attacking players don’t want the ball, defenders taking square passes, I have to feel frustrated.”The biggest frustration is not a bad result because this can happen, it’s when I work on the [training] pitch and don’t see the situations on the pitch.”Many, many times Matic was an island of personality and desire and control, surrounded by a lack of personality, class and desire.”[Scott] McTominay lost more passes than in all his games altogether but he was a Manchester United player, he gives to the team.”It was a question of mentality. The perfect Manchester United player has quality and personality and is consistent. When you play bad you must have personality.”#MUFC in the @EmiratesFACup this season:Played Scored Conceded Bring on the semi-finals  pic.twitter.com/Ryci0MgS6e— Manchester United (@ManUtd) March 17, 2018Although Mourinho did not single out individuals for criticism, Shaw’s withdrawal for Ashley Young at half-time was a sign the United manager remains doubtful over the left-back’s qualities.”It was a decision, one player for another in the same position,” Mourinho said. “I wanted to defend better, I want my defensive line to be more solid in response to some situations and I want more personality in the team.”last_img read more