Direction of Text on Tabs

jimmieakin's picture

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

oldnick's picture

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

riccard0's picture

As a rule of thumb, text is better read when it’s upward.

Joshua Langman's picture

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.

riccard0's picture

EXCEPT on book spines
Not so fast:
http://typophile.com/node/65375

Té Rowan's picture

Book spines with the text lengthwise give me such a crick in the neck.

timd's picture

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

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