When 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”
Art of Living conducts a yoga program involving 10,000 people in Penang, Malayasia.Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who is currently in Malaysia, has received death threats from the terror group ISIS, his office said in a press release on Saturday.In a letter to the manager of Hotel Jen, where the Indian guru is staying, the group warned that the hotel would be destroyed and he would be killed if he is allowed to carry out “Hindu activities” in the country.The letter alleged that the guru claims himself “as non-religious” person but his organization Art of Living has been “converting Muslims in Iran and Iraq”. It is “meddling in Islamic affairs”, it said.It apparently sought to forewarn the organisers that he and the hotel will be destroyed if he sets foot in the country.Sri Sri Ravi Shankar gets death threat from ISIS in MalaysiaThe letter said ISIS doesn’t want him to step in any Muslim country and advised the authorities to convey the message.Meanwhile, the Indian embassy and the local authorities in Malaysia have been informed about the letter.The Indian guru was expected to address a huge gathering at Batu Kawan Stadium in Penang on Saturday evening.Earlier in the day, his organisation conducted a yoga program involving 10,000 people in Penang.
I get some pretty strange pitches as a blogger. This one caught my attention: A music video about nutrition labels aimed at tweens. As parent of a tween, I started worrying the second I started reading the pitch. A “viral video?” For “Tweens?” About “nutrition labels?” Uh-oh.Then I saw the lyrics:Intro Verse:Everybody wants a simple wayTo maintain a healthy weightAnd we all want to get the most nutrition out of what we eat.There are no magic answers but there is one powerful tool we often overlookThe Nutrition Facts Label.I tested the video with my own Tween, who fell onto her bed laughing hysterically. I don’t think that was the intention. And by the way, last I checked, she wasn’t grocery shopping or eating a school lunch that came with nutrition labels. Is this the number one way to get her to eat healthy? She thought it was a joke. I said it wasn’t. Then she wanted to know: “Why does this video have old people buying things?” When I tried to explain the apparent purpose of this video, she said, “Why does reading a label make you healthy? You have to actually understand nutrition and change what you eat for that to work.”By the way, she can be receptive to messages on nutrition. She loved the documentary Supersize Me and after watching it, she never ate McDonald’s again.When people’s health, well-being and survival is at stake, we need to do our job extraordinarily well. That means doing the hard work of understanding how to truly connect to others and compel them to action. Putting finger-wagging, irrelevant information to a beat is not marketing. It’s malpractice.
Transfers I thought he was an actor! – Barca’s Valverde dodges Arthur questions Ryan Benson 04:38 24/2/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Barcelona Ernesto Valverde Barcelona v Girona Girona Grêmio Primera División The Gremio midfielder Arthur has been linked with Camp Nou, but the Blaugrana coach tried to convince reporters of his ignorance on Friday. Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde dodged questions about the club’s reported interest in Gremio midfielder Arthur, claiming he thought he was being asked about an actor.Arthur has been linked with Barca for several months after establishing himself as one of South America’s most promising young players during Gremio’s successful Copa Libertadores campaign last year.Reports of Barca’s interest initially began circulating in December when Arthur was photographed wearing the club’s jersey during a meeting with sporting director Robert Fernandez. 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 Although that moved angered the Brazilian club, negotiations have taken place since and reports have even suggested the two clubs are closing in on an agreement worth an estimated €40million.Though, when asked about Arthur, Valverde tried to convince reporters of his ignorance.He said: “Arthur? What’s his last name?”I thought he was an actor! He’s at another team. I’ve seen him, like a lot of others.”News rocked Spain on Thursday when it was confirmed a police officer died of a cardiac arrest during violent clashes between Athletic Bilbao and Spartak Moscow at the former’s San Mames stadium before a Europa League meeting.Although the officer’s death was not directly caused by physical trauma, it was pointed out by official statements that a flare thrown from a group of Russian supporters had landed near him just a few seconds before.Valverde, who coached Athletic before Barca, expressed his sadness at the situation and rued the fact some people use football as a “shortcut” to give other things “visibility”.”We’re all affected,” Valverde said. “Especially in my case, as it happened in Bilbao.”Football is there to be enjoyed, but there are people who use football as a shortcut to other things. It’s not a footballing problem, it’s just that that’s where it gets visibility.”
PSG VIDEO: U.S. youth international Weah nearly scores on PSG debut Ben Valentine Last updated 1 year ago 02:27 4/3/2018 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images PSG Ligue 1 Troyes v PSG Troyes United States The 18-year-old came on for the final 15 minutes of the Ligue 1 leaders victory over Troyes United States youth international Timothy Weah has made his first-team debut for Paris Saint-Germain, as he came on a substitute in the club’s 2-0 victory over Troyes.With PSG missing star attackers Neymar and Kylian Mbappe, and Unai Emery deciding to rest other attackers with the club’s second leg against Real Madrid happening midweek, the 18-year-old forward was named to the bench for the Ligue 1 leaders.And with PSG leading 2-0 in the 79th minute, Weah was given his first run out with the senior team, coming on for Giovani Lo Celso. 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 George Weah’s 18-year-old son, Timothy, has come on for PSG against Troyes The future is bright #USMNT pic.twitter.com/Tx0aMaMnb5— Goal USA (@GoalUSA) March 3, 2018Weah nearly secured a dream debut as well, as he was put in 1v1 against Troyes goalkeeper Erwin Zelazny just before the final whistle. Coming in at an angle, Weah but a hard shot into Zelazny, before a scramble in the area lead to a goal for Dani Alves that was ruled out due to offside.It could’ve been the dream start for PSG’s Timothy Weah!A good save, or should he have done better there? pic.twitter.com/tR3iRD9iew— Goal USA (@GoalUSA) March 3, 2018The son of former FIFA Player of the Year, and current president of Liberia, George Weah, Timothy has featured for PSG youth and reserve teams over the past few years since departing the United States after representing the New York Red Bulls developmental academy. His debut came over 22 years after his father’s last appearance for PSG, which came in May 1995 after four seasons with the capital club.Tim Weah has represented the U.S. at the youth national team level, scoring a hat trick at the under-17 World Cup against Paraguay in 2017.
Edin 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) 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.”
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Topping the list of star recruits expected to make a visit to Stillwater this weekend in football is top-60 national recruit Daniyel Ngata, a four-star running back prospect from California.Ngata subtly announced his trip via Twitter on Wednesday afternoon in a reply to OSU quarterback pledge Shane Illingworth, who also announced he’s making the trip from California to Stillwater.I’m there with you🤝 https://t.co/snucWBu5sZ— Daniyel Ngata (@dngata2) September 25, 2019 Ngata is rated as the No. 55 overall prospect in the 2020 recruiting class according to the 247Sports Composite and the No. 2 running back in the class. Listed at 5-foot-9, 180 pounds, he’s got the Barry Sanders hop step down pat and some serious burners to boot. While that isn’t typically the size of an every down Big 12 back, he plays physically bigger than his measurements and has just about every tool in the bag: the speed, the pass-catching and the shiftiness.So…Daniyel Ngata (@dngata2) of Folsom is legit. Video proof in case you didn’t know pic.twitter.com/IgBlT5htfT— Sacramento MaxPreps (@SacMaxPreps) September 17, 2018Oklahoma State has been after Ngata since an offer came his way earlier this spring, and the staff has been heavy in pursuit since. The Cowboys are in his top five, which he announced this summer. It also includes Texas A&M, Clemson, Utah and Arizona State.Ngata is the highest-rated running back recruit OSU is still in the mix for in the 2020 cycle. The staff is also recruiting Owasso product Isaiah Jacobs, the younger brother of former Alabama running back Josh Jacobs, as well as junior college prospect La’damian Webb.
Ticket sales for the 2012 TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl have improved for Ohio State, but don’t expect the university to exhaust its supply or make much more progress between now and game day. OSU might not even exceed the number of tickets sold by Big Ten rival Michigan for the 2011 Gator Bowl. Brett Scarbrough, OSU’s senior director of ticketing, confirmed to The Lantern Thursday that the university has sold 7,500 of the 12,750 tickets it was allotted for the Buckeyes’ Jan. 2 bowl game against the Florida Gators in Jacksonville, Fla. As of Dec. 14, 6,500 tickets had been sold. The university will absorb the cost of any of the 5,250 remaining tickets, should they remain unsold. Ticket prices range from $60-$125. Scarbrough said he’s optimistic that there will be a good atmosphere when the Buckeyes take the field at Everbank Field, home of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. He isn’t optimistic many more tickets will be sold, though. “Not really — based on what we’ve seen over the last couple of days, we’re not expecting any big jump (in ticket sales),” he said. “It’s a little disappointing.” Scarbrough said any number of factors could be to blame for the slow ticket sales. “It’s the first time we’re not in a Bowl Championship Series bowl (since the 2004 season),” he said. “The economy could be a part of it. The fact that classes (at OSU) start the next day.” Michigan played Mississippi State in the 2011 Gator Bowl before a sellout crowd of 77,497. The Wolverines lost to the Bulldogs, 54-14. David Ablauf, Michigan’s associate athletic director, said that while he did not have a precise figure for ticket sales for the 2011 bowl game, he believes Wolverines fans purchased more tickets than members of Buckeye Nation have to this point. “We think the number was 8,000 tickets sold,” Ablauf said. Scarbrough said OSU football would not lack support when the 2012 installment of the Gator Bowl finally arrives on Jan. 2. “We sold through a good, fair amount of tickets,” he said. “We’ll have a lot of Buckeyes there to support the team.” The Buckeyes and Gators will kickoff at 1 p.m. and the game will be broadcast on ESPN2. Tickets for the game can be purchased at ohiostatebuckeyes.com
Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett is honored on the field for Senior Day. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorINDIANAPOLIS — For four years, J.T. Barrett was the man. The Ohio State football team followed the quarterback everywhere he went and the city hung on his every word.Now as he prepares to take a shot in the NFL, everything has flipped. A crop of 15 to 20 reporters circled around the podium on which Barrett spoke, but the attention paled in comparison to the media circus three podiums away encapsulating former USC quarterback Sam Darnold, the player who led the team which Barrett beat in his final collegiate game.When asked whether if it felt weird to not be the center of attention, he took a long look over his right shoulder at the throng of journalists surrounding Darnold, then simply said, “Nah, I’m good.”He no longer must worry about the spotlight he could never seem to avoid at Ohio State.Despite setting the all-time Big Ten records for total offensive yards (12,697) and touchdown passes (104), holding 34 school records and becoming the first three-time team captain in program history, Barrett might not have a spot in the NFL. Teams have plenty of questions about his arm strength, pocket presence and ability to play in a professional offensive system.But Barrett said he does not pay much attention to draft experts or their projections. Instead, he is focused on finding a team willing to prove its belief in the quarterback by selecting him in the NFL draft.“I feel like if you’re going in the first round or you’re going in the seventh round, I think at the end of the day, that’s what you want,” Barrett said Friday at the NFL combine. “So you need one opportunity to showcase who you are as a football player and as a person. Like I said, I just need one opportunity, one team to believe in me and go show them who I am.”Given Barrett’s experience as a four-year starter, there should not be many questions about his strengths and weaknesses. Scouts and general managers can watch 44 starts and an Ohio State-record 38 wins.In those victories, Barrett often found success behind center when utilizing his vision and power in the run game, and he hopes to translate that pocket mobility to the NFL.“Strengths are being able to extend the plays, have the ability to run the ball, not just standing in the pocket like a light post,” Barrett said. “I’m going to move around, be able to make throws on the run. Elevate the game of the people around me.”Some have questioned whether he will switch positions at the professional level. Barrett said no team has asked him to play another position, saying “it’s all been about quarterback.”Instead, he has been working at quarterback in Orlando, Florida, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex to prepare for the combine and the draft. Barrett has worked heavily to increase his footwork and timing.“When you look at great you look at great throws, you first starting off with footwork,” he said. “You talk about somebody’s arm, but at first, you have to have your feet in place to make those throws, so I’m working on that constantly.”Barrett will be the latest in a long line of former Ohio State quarterbacks — including recent Buckeye signal-callers Cardale Jones, Braxton Miller and Troy Smith — to head to the NFL. He said he talks to Jones every couple days and saw Miller once in Columbus. Barrett said the NFL veterans told him to be himself and to enjoy the process rather than let it stress him out. That becomes key if Barrett slides further than he anticipates.Less stress comes with being a low-round pick. But with that comes a greater doubt.This year, though, Barrett dealt with hordes of skeptics who favored Dwayne Haskins replacing him. He has faced these questions many times before. They don’t bother him.“How much faith do I have in myself? Uh, I have have some confidence,” Barrett said with a smile. “I think, I don’t know, I’m not the type to voice it. I want to showcase it on the field. So with that, that’s what I plan to do. I think I did a good job preparing and trying to be ready for this moment. I have confidence in myself.”Barrett’s physical tools might never match those of the quarterback who he peeked at over his right shoulder, but that confidence and his leadership have a chance to place him on an NFL 53-man roster.
Ohio State redshirt sophomore quarterback Dwayne Haskins (7) calls out a play in the first half of the game against Purdue on Oct. 20. Ohio State lost 49-20. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorDwayne Haskins seemed to do enough to win the Heisman Trophy. Ohio State’s redshirt sophomore quarterback led the country with 4,580 passing yards and 47 passing touchdowns. He was one of six players in college football to complete more than 70 percent of his pass attempts, and averaged 352.3 passing yards per game, No. 2 in the country. This was enough to earn him a trip to New York City as one of three Heisman finalists alongside Alabama sophomore quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and Oklahoma redshirt junior quarterback Kyler Murray. But without a trip to the College Football Playoff in his future, Haskins will leave New York City without a trophy to bring home. Murray earned Oklahoma’s second straight Heisman Trophy after Baker Mayfield won it in 2017. Murray and Mayfield are the first duo from the same school to win in back-to-back seasons since 1974 and 1975 when Ohio State running back Archie Griffin won two straight Heisman trophies. Even with a statistical lead in many categories compared to both Murray and Tagovailoa, there was always one thing that kept Haskins on the outside looking in: the 49-20 loss to Purdue. This loss cost Ohio State its chance at a national championship, keeping the Buckeyes at No. 6 in the final College Football Playoff rankings despite a dominant win against then-No. 4 Michigan and a decisive win against then-No. 21 Northwestern to secure their second consecutive Big Ten title. But as Ohio State left the field in West Lafayette, Indiana on Oct. 20, as his teammates walked to the locker room with their heads down after suffering their first loss of the season, Haskins realized he could not lead the offense by himself any longer. “I never thought I would have to throw 72 times to win the game,” Haskins said after the loss to Purdue. “But you gotta do what you gotta do to win and this ended today.”Haskins did everything he could to succeed in that game, completing 49 passes, 15 more completions than he had had in any other game this season, breaking a school record, for 470 yards, which at the time was also a school record. He broke his own record five games later with 499 yards against Northwestern in the Big Ten Championship. Identity for the Ohio State offense was a struggle for this team all season. Coming off a season with the No. 1 running game in the Big Ten and with both sophomore running back J.K. Dobbins and redshirt junior Mike Weber returning, the expectation coming in was the run-heavy, pass-when-needed offense would return. But this did not match Haskins’ style, throwing for more than 400 yards in three straight weeks against Indiana and Minnesota before breaking the passing yards record against the Boilermakers. The Haskins-run offense really did not take shape until the end of the season, throwing for 895 yards and 11 touchdowns in his final two games of the season, what many considered as the coming out party for a quarterback who was fighting for a starting job back in April. Ohio State and Haskins are in a similar situation. The Purdue loss defined the season for both, keeping the Buckeyes out of both the Orange and the Cotton Bowl. The Purdue loss kept Haskins away from earning Ohio State’s first Heisman winner since Troy Smith in 2006, a year in which he threw for 2,542 passing yards with 30 touchdowns, numbers which Haskins surpassed easily. The Buckeyes were 12-0 when Smith was picked as the Heisman winner before losing to Florida in the National Championship.In recent years, there seems to be a game that defines the season for Ohio State, a single game that the Buckeyes wish they could have back. As Ohio State prepares for the Rose Bowl and Haskins leaves New York empty handed, something that a better performance from Ohio State in its one loss this season could have prevented.