DIY tips for online readers

This short note might be of use to all new readers, still familiarizing themselves in the way online copy is set out and what it is designed to achieve when targeting its readers. But then again, it could prove to be a resourceful reminder for established online readers. You will notice something important in the way this short article is set out.

All its paragraphs, and there are not many here, are short and of standard length, no longer than three lines per paragraph. Depending on the context and subject being raised, online paragraphs can be uncharacteristically shorter and formally longer. The main purpose behind all this is to make the online copy as reader friendly as possible.

Because the truth of the matter is that no matter how well practiced in reading you are, online and with print, reading online across usually designated white space is pretty taxing on the eyes. It is also difficult to focus on the reading. There are two practical ways to overcome this, particularly if you are professionally bound to spend more time than average online.

First and foremost, do make sure that your eyes are healthy. Visit your optometrist and ensure that you do have a pair of spectacles purposely prescribed for online reading. The other thing is to be selective in your reading. There are websites that bombard you with reams of advertising. While you can block these, it remains a cumbersome and time-consuming exercise.

Avoid websites with too much color and visual noise in the background. This disturbs your reading pattern and can harm your eyes, if perusing these for long periods of time. Copy and paste one random paragraph and do a quick edit for errors. Three or more errors in a short paragraph are inexcusable and questions the integrity of work.