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Old 06-08-2011, 02:07 PM   #1
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Tabs or White Space?

When you're reading on your eReader, do you prefer to see tab-indented paragraphs or a double-return white space between paragraphs?

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Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the
bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the
book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in
it, 'and what is the use of a book,' thought Alice 'without pictures or
conversation?'
So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for
the hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure
of making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
close by her.
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Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the
bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the
book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in
it, 'and what is the use of a book,' thought Alice 'without pictures or
conversation?'

So she was considering in her own mind (as well as she could, for
the hot day made her feel very sleepy and stupid), whether the pleasure
of making a daisy-chain would be worth the trouble of getting up and
picking the daisies, when suddenly a White Rabbit with pink eyes ran
close by her.
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Old 06-08-2011, 02:15 PM   #2
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I've been going back and forth about this lately, (I actually will read half of a book in one style and then reformat the book to the other style and finish the book) so I can't vote on your poll

I think whether or not the book is fiction or non-fiction carries some weight towards my preference though.
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Old 06-08-2011, 02:21 PM   #3
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Tab-indented. Dubble return white space is for a scene change.
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Old 06-08-2011, 02:22 PM   #4
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I like a 1-1.5 em paragraph indent and an ever so slightly larger than normal (but not a whole blank line) space between paragraphs (about a .3em margin-top). It just looks nice to me on a six-inch screen. Not that I'm picky or anything.
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Old 06-08-2011, 02:29 PM   #5
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Old 06-08-2011, 02:31 PM   #6
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Both.
I guess I should have added that option.

Where is the moderator with the scary clown face avatar?
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Old 06-08-2011, 02:31 PM   #7
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I prefer tabs. White space tend to imply a change of scene to me.
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Old 06-08-2011, 02:32 PM   #8
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I'll always reformat a book to be 0.5em indented with spacing in between paragraphs.
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Old 06-08-2011, 02:42 PM   #9
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No preference (and no poll option. )
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Old 06-08-2011, 03:04 PM   #10
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I am an extremist on the white space thing for ebooks.
I just won't read an ebook that is formatted with indents only.
Much easier (for me) to read and generally I can tell by what is written whether the scene has changed or not.

I am happy to see that white space with no indents is rapidly becoming more common.

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Old 06-08-2011, 03:24 PM   #11
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Both but only half a line space between paragraphs.

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I kind of like the double spacing between paragraphs with no indenting. That is how I type on post. But either is fine with me.
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Tabs are white space, but if you're asking whether people prefer indented or space-separated paragraphs, this has been discussed ad nausiam in the past; it might be better to re-read some of those old threads rather than re-hash it all yet again?
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I read your first example (tabbed) slower. Not enough visual separation between the paragraphs for my taste.
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Old 06-08-2011, 04:37 PM   #15
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Tabs are white space, but if you're asking whether people prefer indented or space-separated paragraphs, this has been discussed ad nausiam in the past; it might be better to re-read some of those old threads rather than re-hash it all yet again?
Sorry, I thought it would be a nice break from the copyright/piracy threads.

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I read your first example (tabbed) slower. Not enough visual separation between the paragraphs for my taste.
For me, it's the same - the extra white space between the paragraphs lets me read faster. I wonder why that is.
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