There needs to be a way to make the content more scannable by adding a filesystem highlight formatting option to posts.
Here's an example of a zoomed-out post, where the yellow line is there to mark out a filepath location.
Here's an example on a Mozilla support article with a more readable format where they use highlighting for filenames and other items (buttons, menu items), making the steps easier to visually encode.
Currently I'm using a workaround of installing Wired-Marker add-on for Firefox.
- Typically a linked URI is shown in blue, underscored text; therefore, a more global work-around would be links containing the "file" protocol
file:///, which could then be used in coding blocks to minimize "abuse cases" (e.g.,
- Minimizes abuse cases for tag, sub, sup, and code blocks
- !Increases accessibility for low vision and speed reading
- Decreases reviewing time for content being reviewed for memorization or reference
- !Makes content more aesthetically pleasing (articles seem less intimidating and are easier to enjoy reading)
- The community is intelligent enough to use a more complicated interface, so 'why not'
- Obviates the need of browser extensions to work around the slovenly default-interface
- Past content should be left as-is unless being (actively) reviewed
- Prefer using actual file locations when they are handy
- !Use with Local Filesystem Links on Firefox
- Simple to code and does not require washing of existing content; users can simply use the new feature on future posts, old posts can be left as-is and updated only if the author deems it appropriate
- Programmers love syntax highlighting meaning the community will likely be very satisfied with the update; so, 'why not'
Readers want their eyes naturally drawn to important content when scanning for meta language (a frequent practice in reading for the gist).
Notice how the eye is naturally drawn to the yellow text in the image first. This is because the object moving during scrolling is the yellow object in human perception; our peripheral vision moves to this item implicitly, as an instinctual defense action (tracking fast-moving objects to notice predators). Coded blocks require more searching.
After noting how long it takes to find the yellow text on the first image, do this:
- Write down the time it took to find the yellow text: (ex.
- Read the comments by the Sundanese-named author, ᔕᖺᘎᕊ (pronunciation needed)
- Select which number the emboldened text is next to, as quickly as possible
- Write the time it took to find the emboldened text in the image: (ex.
- Publish your results if nobody else has and answer the following: "Could you tell the difference between the bold and non-bold text?"