The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #104248   Message #2136117
Posted By: GUEST,leeneia
29-Aug-07 - 12:25 PM
Thread Name: BS: What are the absolutes of good writing?
Subject: RE: BS: What are the absolutes of good writing?
Spaw, I mean Cletus, you are delightful.

Yes, it's true that my refusal to read much in italics, caps, or dialect is a personal thing. I freely admit it. I'm sure, however, that many people feel the same way. I bring it up so that the person who has something really important to say will get it across to the maximum number of readers.
Somewhere I learned that good readers use the empty space around letters as much as they use the letters themselves. That is one reason why novelty fonts are not popular - the negative space is the wrong shape. Once I had to deal with a document where the lines of print were much too close together, so that the spaces between lines was almost gone. It was miserable.

When I read that, I knew why I have never been able to deal with block chords in music. When the notes are stacked atop one another, the empty space around the notehead is gone, and I rely on that empty space. I just pencil in what the chord is and go one my merry way.

(Still working on the Chinese client matter.)