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The Internet, 25% Off!

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My inaugural blog on Open Book: A caveat.

Perhaps you've heard of the study conducted by Sun Microsystems in 1998 to throw light on the best ways of "Writing for the Web." According to the study, we humans read 25% slower off a screen than from a printed page. To compensate for this and other deficiencies with electronic information, the gurus at Sun recommend cutting down the words in your web content by a whopping 50%.

This implies that were you to derive all your info from the internet, over the long-run you'd be shoving 25% less of it in your eyes than the Luddites (who in turn would be blessed with twice as much reading material -- provided web-writers follow the aforementioned guidelines). Oh, and if you think you're saving paper and doing the environment a favour, you might want to think again.

I'm just saying.

Now, if you can find a way round all the web-guilt (as I clearly have), then by all means: Read on, read on!

The views expressed in the Writer-in-Residence blogs are those held by the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Open Book: Toronto.

Robert Paul Weston

Robert Paul Weston's fiction has appeared in magazines on both sides of the Atlantic and been nominated for The Journey Prize in Canada and The Fountain Award for Speculative Literature in the United States. He holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia and lives in Toronto.

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