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

Subject: Re: SUMMARY: Readability studies on fonts--serif and sans serif
From: "Sandy Harris" <sharris -at- dkl -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 07 Mar 2000 14:22:12 -0500

"Christensen, Kent" wrote:

> In html you can simply specify <FONT FACE=sans serif> or <FONT FACE=serif>,
> which is more "generic" than specifying a font name such as arial.

World Wide Web Consortium set the web standards. Tim Berners-Lee who
invented it is their chief scientist. the FONT tag is deprecated in
HTML 4.

From their "guidelines" page:

http://www.w3.org/MarkUp/#guidelines

1.A question of style sheets. For most people the look of a
document - the color, the font, the margins - are as important as the
textual content of the document itself. But make no mistake! HTML is
not designed to be used to control these aspects of document
layout. What you should do is to use HTML to mark up headings,
paragraphs, lists, hypertext links, and other structural parts of your
document, and then add a style sheet to specify layout separately, ...

2.FONT tag considered harmful! Many filters from word-processing packages,
and also some HTML authoring tools, generate HTML code which is completely
contrary to the design goals of the language. What they do is to look at a
document almost purely from the point of view of layout, and then mimic that
layout in HTML by doing tricks with FONT, BR and &nbsp; (non-breaking spaces).
HTML documents are supposed to be structured around items such as paragraphs,
headings and lists. Yet some of these documents barely have a paragraph tag
in sight!

> Works in both browsers.

ROFL.




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