The "DO NOT" Webpages


Do Not Center Narrative Text

Please ... never ever ever center body text. Center alignment is meant for headings, lines in an invitation, and so on. Center alignment of narrative or body text decreases readability and simply looks bad. They tend to have strange line breaks and a tawdry look of unprofessionalism. So just DON’T DO IT.

As for user-friendliness, suppose that you were reading a 300 page novel, and every page was center aligned. I am certain that you would not like that. Or suppose that already-hard-to-read philosophy or computer science textbook was centered – all 800 pages of it! You would probably drop the course. So just DON’T DO IT. Do not center body text!

Centered text is harder to read because the starting position of each line changes, forcing the reader to jerk their head around like the exorcist when going from line to line. And remember also that numbered and bulleted lists should always be left-aligned as well to help in quickly scanning the list. So use the Golden Rule "do unto others" and just DON’T DO IT.

Do Not Center Bulleted items

  • Across Five Aprils by Irene Hunt
  • Angels Watching Over Me by Michael Phillips
  • The Battle of Milroy Station by Robert Fowler
  • Blood and Bitter Wind by Earl Murray
  • Bucking the Tiger; Raising Holy Hell by Bruce Olds
  • Cloudsplitter by Russell Banks (Abolitionist John Brown
  • Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier
  • The Turquoise by Anya Seton
  • Action at Aquila by Hervey Allen
  • Traveller by Richard Adams
  • Daughter of the Loom by Tracie Peterson and Judith Miller
  • In the Company of Angels by David Farland
  • The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
  • Burr, 1876 and Lincoln by Gore Vidal

Arrange Images Attractively. This Looks Horrible

Awesome muscle car.

This is my cousin's car

Amazing speed.