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Shorter Lines Facilitate Reading in Those Who Struggle

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Narrow lines reduce the chance crowded text is perceived left of fixation.

The grey oval illustrates a “window” of attention spread that includes sensitivity to the left of fixation. Stippling is used to suggest the effects of crowding. The probability that crowded text can be attended to the left of fixation –in fields attended in the previous fixation– is reduced when text is formatted as narrow columns.

Figure 14