Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Why texting works



The theory posited in the above doesn't make sense to me. It may be a shortcut our brains take now that the printed word is readily available, but it shouldn't be universally true. Prior to the advent of printing, word spacing was irregularly used, if at all. There would be no indication in such a text which letter was the first or last letter of a word, yet people were still able to read.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Karmancer said...

One way to test the theory is to retype the entire text in one sentence with no spaces or punctuation.

8:46 PM  
Anonymous Roger Kovaciny said...

I don't recall when word spacing was started, but it was apparently the fourth century before it ever occurred to anyone to read silently. And if so, reading speed was limited to about 150 wpm, which makes it easier.

1:34 AM  

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