RANT OF THE DAY:
On Contracts Written in Two Columns:
Many IT vendors love to write their form contracts in two columns. This is a red flag for customers for several reasons:
- The usual font used is 8 points - or lower! It's difficult to comprehend a contract written in a tiny font.
- The margins are usually a lot smaller than normal. Again, this impairs the document's readability.
- The primary reason to write a contract in two columns is to discourage the other side from negotiating it.
- IT customers should never sign a vendor document written in two columns. Insist that the document be reformatted in one-column with at least a 11-point font and .8" margins all around.