Thursday, July 15, 2010

Ever wonder what the character allowance is for a single line on Blogspot? Let’s start with 100 characters and see where things break:


So 67 (in this instance).

Less than the max tweet.

Here’s a single line from my Jargon/Corinth edition of Charles Olson’s The Maximus Poems (1960), “Letter 9”:

my own wrists and all my joints, versus speech’s connectives, versus the tasks


(Sorry Charlie.)

Now here’s what the Associated Press’s Hillel Italie reported yesterday on the topic of e-books and poetry:

A leading developer of e-reading technology, eBook Technologies, is working on improving the formatting for poetry, although no major breakthroughs are expected before 2011. Company president Garth Conboy said that for now the most realistic options are either to keep a long line intact by scrolling horizontally across the screen — "A really bad experience," he says — or to find a way to "better communicate" to readers that a line broken in two was meant to be a single line.

"Neither are perfect solutions," he said. "I'm not sure what the perfect solution is."

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