Improving Readability of a Text Block - Exercise

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Improving Readability of a Text Block - Exercise

Improving Readability of a Text Block

Duration: 15 to 25 minutes.

In this exercise, you will explore a text sample and see how a few changes will increase the readability. You may use a design tool, such as Adobe InDesign, or a simple text editor, such as Microsoft Word.

  1. Open the file that matches your tool:
    1. If you are using InDesign, use anatomy/Exercises/textSample.indd.
    2. If you are using Word, use anatomy/Exercises/textSample.docx.
  2. Use the formatting tools to change the sample text so that it is easier to view and read.
  3. Save your file as anatomy/Exercises/my_textSample.indd or anatomy/Exercises/my_textSample.docx.

Solution:

Using Adobe InDesign:
  1. Open Adobe InDesign.
  2. Open the anatomy/Exercises/textSample.indd file.
    1. File > Open
    2. Choose textSample.indd.
    3. The screen should look something like this.
  3. Use the various tools to change the text.
    1. Double-click on the text block to edit the text. Select "Title".
    2. Format "Title" to be Bold and 18 pt size.
    3. Select the two paragraphs.
    4. Format to use Times New Roman (or any other serif font you wish to use).
    5. Add 6 pt above and below the paragraphs.
  4. View the text now and see how much easier it is to digest.
  5. Save the file as anatomy/Exercises/my_textSample.indd and close InDesign.
Using Microsoft Word:
  1. Open Word.
  2. Open anatomy/Exercises/textSample.docx.
  3. Use the various tools to change the text.
    1. Select "Title".
    2. Format "Title" to be bold and 18 pt.
    3. Select the two paragraphs.
    4. Format to use Times New Roman (or any other serif font you wish to use).
    5. Add 6 pt above and below the paragraphs.
    6. View the text now and see how much easier it is to digest.
    7. Save the file as anatomy/Exercises/my_textSample.indd and close InDesign.
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