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  • You touched on a point I learned by studying typography. "All Caps" is harder to read because our eyes look at the overall shape of a word. Especially for things viewed from a distance, that's what you see before you can even make out the letters.

    It's ironic that people choose to use all-caps to make something more important or visible, when they may actually be making it header to read.

    I think of the road-side signs with changeable plastic letters.

    All-caps work OK to emphasis things in small does, but doing things like writing a three page warning in all-caps can just add unnecessary strain on readers.

    • Yes! All caps is a bad idea in many cases. It should be used ONLY for VERY short bits of text.

      However, that’s not for the reason you cite. “Bouma shape []” has been conclusively refuted. In fact, the scrambled-middle-letters myth, while making a ridiculous claim, clearly disproves that we recognise words by their shape, because if the context provides enough clues, you can read scrambled-middle-letters words without even slowing down – despite the fact that the word shape has been com