Textboxes aid the reader in sorting out important information, so I am experimenting to see if I can make one. Here is some random text that I will attempt to place in a box using instructions I found online.

You just type a bit of code before and after the text, and voila, it should appear in a box.

How do you get out of the box? Okay, this is awesome. How do you move the box? How do you round its edges and make it a certain color? Yes, a little code can be fun. Here are the instructions I used, posted by Stephen Cronin.

Let’s try putting one against the right margin.

Hmmm, no dice. Okay, I’m out of time for this experiment. Jason Ohler recommends text boxes, white space, and headlines, among other things, to improve readability for online writing. He recommends the 7 B’s for visually differentiated text:

  1. breaks – add blank lines between paragraphs by simple pressing return
  2. banners – my word for paragraph titles; introduce paragraphs now and again so that your writing is scannable
  3. bullets – using the bullet command in Word, blog editors, etc.
  4. boldface – boldfacing titles, etc.
  5. beginnings – providing the first paragraph of a longer piece and a link to the entire piece
  6. beyond monochromatic text – use text of a different color, but use it sparingly; avoid being “cartoony”
  7. boxes – easy to do in Word, but usually requires a little programming to do for web page development (Jason Ohler 2012)