Solomon's Sky: The Tapestry of Heaven from the Phaistos Disk

2015 Peter Aleff

 

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Do you find the frequent highlighting of text helpful?

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Please tell us whether you find the frequent highlighting throughout the digital text helpful or distracting, or neither:

The patches of red in each paragraph are not only traditional highlights for adding emphasis to certain words, but they are also meant as eye guides to help you re-find instantly your place in a block of words when your focus shifts to the next line or scroll or you change your viewing angle or even just blink.

 

This picks up a tradition started by ancient Egyptian scribes who often wrote some words or passages in red ink to emphasize them and set them apart from the surrounding black text on their scrolls. The design of these web pages is meant to evoke a papyrus scroll with painted borders that floats on the primeval waters of Nun which surrounded and permeated the entire ancient Egyptian world. Since web pages return us now to reading from scrolls, the highlighting of the ancient scribes may also become again a useful feature.

 

On modern screen scrolls, some people find this more helpful and viewer-friendly than uniform blocks of gray paragraphs, particularly for reading on screens, but others might find the color changes distracting.

 

I re-introduce therefore this ancient peppering of scrolls with highlights as an experiment and would appreciate your feedback on whether you like this feature and feel it improves readability, or else find it useless and distracting and would rather prefer plain black text without highlighting. Please vote above by clicking your answer for the "highlighting" question. Thank you.


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