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Sep
15
comment Why are default LaTeX margins so big?
Apparently the number of 60 or whatever cpl isn't backed up by hard research and probably is not a scientific fact but part of a social culture. Make a thing unusual, then its perception changes; in matters of design this can distract; distraction can lead to the worse, even if the change itself would otherwise (in a culture-free environment whatever that may be in terms of typography) have a benefit. There's a reason the Dvorak keyboard layout never surpassed the Qwerty layout ...
Sep
15
comment Why are default LaTeX margins so big?
Actually, I always took for granted what I was told while studying communication sciences and computer sciences. But as it turns out after some quick Google research (cough), the only easily findable studies concerning this come to the conclusion that around 95 cpl the reading speed has a maximum. Of course, this is a simplification; more aspects like colors (black on white vs. white on black), medium (paper or screen etc.) and other things are of importance. What I found were these: is.gd/sTaElj and is.gd/SmnZvZ
Sep
12
comment Why are default LaTeX margins so big?
It is no argument if you feel comfortable with it. Design is not made for specific people but for a majority. To find out what the majority feels is done by scientific research studies involving many people. These studies typically show that a good length for a line is around 60 characters.
Sep
12
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