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As a graphic designer, dates simply look better that way sometimes.


--- Quote from: Trout on 12 April, 2014, 03:37:31 PM ---Date formats like that exist in newspapers. The idea is to save the extra characters and, believe it or not, it can make a difference for fitting text into a space.

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--- Quote from: Banners ---As a graphic designer, dates simply look better that way sometimes.
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Spare us your pragmatic realism, aesthetic judgement and relevant experience: this is about poorly lubricated variable torque transmission.

A quick count on the report I'm currently writing reveals it to be 89,721 characters long so far.  Three incidents of dates appear (the timespan of the field project, the completion date of the report).  The saving of 6 characters seems... petty?

Dates occur in newspapers a lot.

If you want to save space in your report, remove the word "that". Then take out two of every three adjectives.

Secrets of newspaper production.  :lol:


--- Quote from: Trout on 12 April, 2014, 04:33:15 PM ---Dates occur in newspapers a lot.

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Indeed, but I'm not writing for a newspaper, and still government has seen fit to issue a fatwa against thorn. 

Interestingly a search reveals 80 instances of 'that' - so 320 characters.  Getting on for 0.3% of the total.  No major savings to be made there.  OTOH, the whole bloody thing is adjectives...  There's only so many times you can write 'muck' or 'hole' without adding qualifiers. 

Steve Green:
Rolling news channels wanting to turn any news item into a fictional work.

Sets, theme music, sound effects, graphics, all that crap. Just report the fucking news.

Most recent example being Sky's coverage of the missing Malaysian flight, where they've got some bullshit illuminated desk with radar in the background - just so their experts can push models around like they're re-enacting the Battle of Britain.


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