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Reading: Investigating Layout

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Investigating Layout

Different texts may use layout as a shortcut.

This page will show you how layout may help you to obtain information from a range of texts.

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The layout of a text may help you spot the details more easily. Use these to help you decide what to look for first.


Some features include:

  • Subheadings
  • Footnotes
  • Using bold


These layout features may give guidance on where specific information is stored.


For example:


Things to do

There is a bowling alley located 5 miles from the city centre

You can go swimming one mile away from the hotel

There are many shopping centres in the city



This may be found in a leaflet for vising a particular place. You would look at the text under this subheading if it was relevant to what you want to know.


Notice how the subheading is easier to see in a bigger font, underlined and in bold when scanning the page?



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Other examples include:


  • Website menu

= A website menu is usually on the home page of a website. They provide links that will take you to different pages depending on what you want to know.


  • Tabs

= Tabs are similar to a website menu, but are located at the top of a website. These also take you to different pages.


  • Index

= An index is usually found at the end of a text. They are also in alphabetical order, meaning you can find exactly what you want depending on the first letter!


All of these examples tell you where to go in order to receive relevant information.



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