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Simon's Dad
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Date Joined Jan 2009
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   Posted 1/20/2009 12:34 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi,
 
I want pass along a tip which will make posts easier to read.
 
White space is important to make something easy to read. Instead of typing in your entire message without ever hitting the Enter key creates a post which is difficult to read.
 
With a large amount of text with no white space causes problems because it is difficult for you eyes to track back to the left hand side of the lines to find the line which continues the post.
 
Break your post up at the end of sentences by occasionally pressing Enter twice to insert a blank line - that is, break it down into separate paragraphs.
  
You don't have to follow formal grammar rules to decide when to start a new paragraph, just break your post into several paragraphs to make easier to read.
 
here's an example of a large amount of text without paragraph breaks - it is part of a post I made on another health board 6 years ago when I had a heart attack. It's not important what the text is, I'm just showing how blank lines make text easier to read. I'm going to put a line of dashes before and after this text and make the text blue.
 
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I had a heart attack on Sunday, November 10, 2002. One artery, which the doctor said provided blood to 40% to 60% of my heart, was nearly completely clogged. I was on my way home, driving, from my father's home about 50 miles from our home. about 5 minutes after starting home, I developed a mild headache, nothing unusual expect that it hurt on both sides of my head, about right above the front of my ears. I've never had a headache there before. I put it off to tension or even low blood sugar - I hadn't eaten for a few hours. about 15 minutes later, as the headache grew in intensity, my upper jaw began to hurt, right at the point where the lower jaw hinges with the upper jaw. Just a short time later, my back started to hurt - just a slight ache at first. The pain was distributed across the top of my back, at my shoulders - there was, in effect, a band about 5" high of pain across my entire back right at my shoulders. I took this to be from some heavy lifting I did at my father's. He is 85 and I moved some things he had no business trying to move :-) By the way, I'll be 51 on January 2, 2003. Well, about 35 minutes into the trip home, I had a pretty fierce headache, my jaw hurt quite a bit, my back hurt, and my arms were starting to feel quite weak. I went right by 3 hospitals at this point - I simply thought I needed to get home and rest. about 15 minutes later I was passing right by another hosptial - I mean RIGHT BY as this hospital was on the highway's outer road. This hospital is named "Christian Northeast" about 10 minutes later I passed by yet another hospital - "Christian Northwest" about 15 minutes later I had come to the conclusion that there was no way that I was going to make it home. I started looking for a place to pull over - by this time I was in the North County area of St. Louis, not a rural area, and the area is a bit, well, bad. I remembered that there was a large gas station and store at the intersection of the street I was on and the interstate highway I was heading for. I pulled into the gas station, on the opposite side of it's parking lot, and called my wife on my cell phone. I told her that I was ill and could not make it home and to come and get me. She told me, later, that she literally dropped what she was doing when I called and said I needed her to come get me - she was cleaning the bathroom and answered the phone on a cordless phone that we have in the bathroom. She said she dropped the rag and bottle she was holding in the floor and took off. Yes - we have a phone in the bathroom. Both Sharon (my wife) and I run a business from home and so we need to catch all calls - that's why we have a phone in the bathroom :-) Back to my heart attack - I then got out of the car (I was driving a Ford Ranger mini pickup) and laid down on the grass at the side of the parking lot, trying to find a position in which the pain was at least a bit less.
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That's hard to read, right?
 
Here's the same text with blank lines:
 
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I had a heart attack on Sunday, November 10, 2002. One artery, which the doctor said provided blood to 40% to 60% of my heart, was nearly completely clogged.
 
I was on my way home, driving, from my father's home about 50 miles from our home.
 
about 5 minutes after starting home, I developed a mild headache, nothing unusual expect that it hurt on both sides of my head, about right above the front of my ears. I've never had a headache there before.
 
I put it off to tension or even low blood sugar - I hadn't eaten for a few hours.
 
about 15 minutes later, as the headache grew in intensity, my upper jaw began to hurt, right at the point where the lower jaw hinges with the upper jaw.
 
Just a short time later, my back started to hurt - just a slight ache at first. The pain was distributed across the top of my back, at my shoulders - there was, in effect, a band about 5" high of pain across my entire back right at my shoulders.
 
I took this to be from some heavy lifting I did at my father's. He is 85 and I moved some things he had no business trying to move :-) By the way, I'll be 51 on January 2, 2003.
 
Well, about 35 minutes into the trip home, I had a pretty fierce headache, my jaw hurt quite a bit, my back hurt, and my arms were starting to feel quite weak.
 
I went right by 3 hospitals at this point - I simply thought I needed to get home and rest.
 
about 15 minutes later I was passing right by another hosptial - I mean RIGHT BY as this hospital was on the highway's outer road. This hospital is named "Christian Northeast"
 
about 10 minutes later I passed by yet another hospital - "Christian Northwest"
 
about 15 minutes later I had come to the conclusion that there was no way that I was going to make it home.
I started looking for a place to pull over - by this time I was in the North County area of St. Louis, not a rural area, and the area is a bit, well, bad.
 
I remembered that there was a large gas station and store at the intersection of the street I was on and the interstate highway I was heading for.
 
I pulled into the gas station, on the opposite side of it's parking lot, and called my wife on my cell phone.
 
I told her that I was ill and could not make it home and to come and get me.
 
She told me, later, that she literally dropped what she was doing when I called and said I needed her to come get me - she was cleaning the bathroom and answered the phone on a cordless phone that we have in the bathroom. She said she dropped the rag and bottle she was holding in the floor and took off.
Yes - we have a phone in the bathroom. Both Sharon (my wife) and I run a business from home and so we need to catch all calls - that's why we have a phone in the bathroom :-)
 
Back to my heart attack - I then got out of the car (I was driving a Ford Ranger mini pickup) and laid down on the grass at the side of the parking lot, trying to find a position in which the pain was at least a bit less.
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That is easier to read, right?
 
So, break you post up into paragraphs to make it easier to read.
 
If you are concerned that pressing Enter twice to put in a blank line will make your post larger and take more space on the server, don't worry about it. When you press Enter twice you are only inserting two characters into the post - two control characters.
 
Bob - Simon's Dad (www.sugarcatsimon.com)
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