A Desugn Suggestion
arnold at greenmail.org.uk
Thu Mar 1 03:06:41 PST 2012
I realize that this may not be the right place for this suggestion. If
that is so, my apologies: please pass it on to the correct place.
I now have macular degeneration in my second eye. I find it convenient
when reading to use a hand-held lighted magnifier and this has brought
very clearly to my attention the business of moving attention across the
page and then backtracking to the beginning of the next line.
I imagine it would not be insurmountably difficult to lay out alternate
lines im opposite directions and this would remove the problem of
wobbling onto the wrong line on the way back. If we could re-train are
hence so as to read in alternating directions this might greatly improve
the speed and comfort of reading for everyone.
I realize that such an advance would bring its own problems, not least
whether or not to reverse the direction of the letters within words on
alternate lines. However, I do think the idea might possibly be worth
I propose also ventilated this idea with my favourite publisher, the
Oxford University Press.
in Milton Keynes, UK
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