Personally, I absolutely hate netspeak ( l8ter, nething, h8, 4ever). Especially with numbers, because it makes reading a post a lot slower.... probably because numbers are handled by a different part of the brain (someone please correct me if I'm wrong here, it's been awhile since I took psychology
). I have to mentally sound out the number part of the word.... and that gets very irritating in a long post. Lack of punctuation is a pain too, because you actually have to stop and think about where the natural pauses should be - run-on sentences can be as unintelligible as a foreign language sometimes. I wish everyone would at least make an ATTEMPT at punctuation.... even if it isn't totally correct, it really does help other people understand what you're trying to say. (Ditto on the all caps thing - all lowercase is okay with punctuation, but all caps is almost painful to read (especially really long posts.... I won't real them, because they actually give me a headache).
General spelling, on the other hand, isn't usually a big deal. Honest mistakes are usually still very legible. If someone spells 'their' as 'thier' or 'that' as 'taht', half of the time people won't even notice unless they're really paying attention.
Originally posted by asphyxia
Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in
waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoetnt tihng is taht
the frist and lsat ltteer be at the rghit pclae. The rset can be a total
mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit porbelm.Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid
deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe
Heh heh.... see, I can read this right through without a hitch and without slowing down. Take out the punctuation and translate it into netspeak, and it'd be pretty much gibberish.