Are there any typographic or formatting conventions for making plain text (a simple *.txt file in ASCII or UTF-8) more readable?
Specific details that I'm considering:
- when to use hard line breaks
- how wide should a line be
- is ALL CAPS OK? when?
- commonly understood conventions (such as using * for bullets)
- common mistakes
- things you might think are OK but can cause issues for specific users
I know there are text only "mark up" languages like Asciidoc and the ubiquitous Markdown. However, these are languages and try to standardize conventions (readability may be accidental in some cases, with preference given to parse-ability). What I'm looking for are things that make a plain text file more readable, which may not necessarily coincide with a mark up language.