Re: Readability studies on fonts--serif and sans serif

Subject: Re: Readability studies on fonts--serif and sans serif
From: Jennifer Mueller <jenmueller_1 -at- yahoo -dot- com>
To: "Scudder, Beth" <beth_scudder -at- retek -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 3 Mar 2000 12:00:28 -0800 (PST)

In her book "The Non-Designer's Web Book", Robin
Williams differentiates between readability and
legibility.

She says that readability refers to how easy it is to
read a lot of text, and that serif fonts are more
readable for print and lengthy web pages.

She says the legibility refers to how easy it is to
recognize short bursts of text, such as headlines,
signs, buttons, etc, and says that in print and on
screen, sans serif fonts are more legible.

By the way, this and Robin's other book, "The
Non-Designer's Design Book" are both excellent.

--- "Scudder, Beth" <beth_scudder -at- retek -dot- com> wrote:
> Hello all,
>
> I'm trying to determine what font is best for Web
> publishing in terms of
> readability. I'm pretty sure that the various
> studies I've read on this from
> time to time indicated that sans serif fonts were
> found to be more readable.
>
> Can anyone confirm (or deny) this for me? I can't
> find any of the studies I
> remember reading and would like to have a reference
> point other than my
> sometimes foggy memory.
>
> Thanks!
>
> --Beth Scudder
> Technical Editor
> Retek Inc.
>
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