Tarsnap docs as an example of confusing typography

Because in 1960, the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures
decided that the SI prefix G- meant 10^9.

But it means 2^30, really!

No it doesn’t. Let’s look at some examples:

Just a quick thought. It’s pretty basic, but this was the first time I had a front-row seat demonstration of basic design principles and why they’re suggested.

You can’t really see it in the quotes, but if you follow the link, you’ll see that the headings and text are the same size. Not only that, but the spacing between paragraphs is the same between headings and paragraphs.

That confused me and I had thought that the bolded statements was part of the text, and hence it was something the author was saying, rather than as intentioned, something we are readers would be saying as headings of different sections.

We differentiate importance and grouping by weight, size, color, and spacing. It takes a combination of these to discern what we’re reading.


3 thoughts on “Tarsnap docs as an example of confusing typography

  1. This is what I found to work a bit betterdiv.boxcontents h4 {font-size:15pt;margin:1.1em 0;}div.boxcontents p {line-height:19pt;margin:1.1em 0;text-align:justify;}

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