Direction of Text on Tabs

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Jimmie Akin's picture
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Direction of Text on Tabs
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Hello,
I was wondering if there is a standard direction in which text should be printed on a tabbed divider - reading downward (text facining inward) or reading upward (text facing outward)?
Many thanks

Nick Curtis's picture
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Imagine that your tabs were actual tabs on a manila file folder, sitting portrait-wise in a filing cabinet.

Riccardo Sartori's picture
Joined: 13 Jul 2009 - 4:20am
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As a rule of thumb, text is better read when it’s upward.

Joshua Langman's picture
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EXCEPT on book spines, because the logic is it runs as though the book were flat on a table — which is to say, upward. I think oldnick's logic makes a similar kind of sense.

Riccardo Sartori's picture
Joined: 13 Jul 2009 - 4:20am
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EXCEPT on book spines
Not so fast:
http://typophile.com/node/65375

Reynir Heiðberg Stefánsson's picture
Joined: 19 Nov 2010 - 11:15am
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Book spines with the text lengthwise give me such a crick in the neck.

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I would prefer them to read with the baseline outwards, because looking over the document or binder cover and content in order to read the tabs is awkward, especially if it is wiro-bound or a looseleaf folder as the pages will creep out to hide the tab.

Tim