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.Adobe InDesign
  2. Open the anatomy/Exercises/textSample.indd file.
    1. File > OpenOpen File
    2. Choose textSample.indd.Text Sample File Name
    3. The screen should look something like this.Opened File
  3. Use the various tools to change the text.
    1. Double-click on the text block to edit the text. Select "Title".Double-Clicked Text
    2. Format "Title" to be Bold and 18 pt size.Text Bar
    3. Select the two paragraphs.Selected Text
    4. Format to use Times New Roman (or any other serif font you wish to use).Text in Times New Roman
    5. Add 6 pt above and below the paragraphs.Text with Six-Point Spacing
  4. View the text now and see how much easier it is to digest.Altered Text
  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.Text Sample
  3. Use the various tools to change the text.
    1. Select "Title". Selected Title
    2. Format "Title" to be bold and 18 pt.Format Bar
    3. Select the two paragraphs.Selected Paragraphs
    4. Format to use Times New Roman (or any other serif font you wish to use).Font Drop-Down
    5. Add 6 pt above and below the paragraphs.Paragraph Drop-Down
    6. View the text now and see how much easier it is to digest.Altered Text
    7. Save the file as anatomy/Exercises/my_textSample.indd and close InDesign.
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