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May 02, 2011

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Percy

Joe

Do yourself a favor. If you actually want to have people read this, you need to change how you display it. The type is so small and the display so hostile to reading. Given the energy you have put into critiquing the failures of the pending liturgical translation, you should spend more time in making what you write readable (not only in display but in terms of modes of expression and style, et cet.)

8.5 pt Trebuchet leaded single line is just a trial for the eyes. 12 pt is ideal, but nothing should be below 10 pt (simple non-textual footnotes could be 8.5 pt, I guess). Always lead your lines at least 2 pts greater than the font size. Use smaller paragraphs where possible. Break long essays into parts if you won't use a PDF approach. Et cet.

And be consistent with style from post to post - I've noticed you switching back and forth in the past, which basically repels viewers.

Spirit of Vatican II

Hi, good advice -- though I do not have total success in getting typepad to reproduce my texts as printed. Anyway, I changed the font. The indented quotes need to be fixed -- perhaps for another day.

Jonathan Day

Fascinating article.

The new font is better but it still a chore to read a piece like this in HTML. As you note, the quotes run into the main text and it's hard to distinguish the one from the other.

Why not provide a link to a PDF, as they do over on Pray Tell? That would give you more control over the appearance of the text and allow for a more beautiful and readable format.

Fine material like this deserves a finer visual presentation.

Jonathan Day

In addition -- because many of your articles are so long, you have to do a lot of scrolling on the main blog page to get to the next piece. This means that, at any given time, readers and reader comments are unlikely to go beyond the first article presented.

Does the software give you an option to put a précis on the main page, with a "click to read more" to read the full article?

Spirit of Vatican II

Alas, Jonathan, I do not see any of these options on the site -- but they may be there somewhere.

Joe The Worker

Are you, in fact, a Buddhist?

Spirit of Vatican II

Am I a Buddhist? No. A Buddhist Christian? Only in vague aspiration.

Pandora Charms

Why not provide a link to a PDF, as they do over on Pray Tell? That would give you more control over the appearance of the text and allow for a more beautiful and readable format.
yes!Thank you!!!

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