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A full stop at the end of a sentence is like a crossroad. It announces the beginning of a new sentence, a new path of thought. The end of a line is like a forced jump from one track to another. It should be possible to read sentences without an interruption. Why do we write words next to each other? Why don't sentences just run in one straight line?
Dr. Leonard Verhoef, Human Efficiency, writes in his Dutch book
GUI, webontwerp, psychologie en human efficiency:
Sentences with words in lines are clumsy. You do see with one eye fixation the next line, but not the words of the sentence. Words in lines require a lot of eye movements, many eye fixations. This way of reading is exhausting the eyes.