Is there any rule for leaving some particular amount of the white space on the bottom of the page? Or having the footer with a specific size? Especially for allowing users scrolling text of the website from the bottom of the website to the middle – to read it more easily.
I am always expecting it on websites and now I am creating one and other people in the team don’t think it is needed. I am wondering if it is just my preference or:
Is there any UX rule or a good practice about letting people to scroll text higher by adding white space on the bottom?
If readability is desired, then white space is one tool a designer can use to aid the user. I am sure there are studies out there, but you can imagine the results.
What do you think would take longer to read:
- two facing pages that have zero margins (full width and full height of text to the edge of the pages; or
- two facing pages that have roomy white space around the paragraphs and all around the page edges?
The second scenario would enable much faster reading. The human eye can be easily distracted while reading. Any amount of friction, confusion, or hesitation will encumber the efficiency of reading.
But to answer the question: how much white space to allocate is a calculated-guess by the designer. There is no formula but this margin can be groomed based on the size of the page, the size of the font, font weight, leading, kerning, etc etc.
In your case, Agata, you don’t have to reserve room for a footer, but please do not end the page with text slamming into the bottom of the viewer.