Re: Readability: Robin Williams' take

Subject: Re: Readability: Robin Williams' take
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com
Date: Thu, 01 Jan 1998 01:49:48 -0800

"Hart, Geoff" <Geoff-H -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA> wrote:

>Which only goes to prove my point: Whatever Williams' merits as
a _graphic_
>designer, she demonstrates little or no knowledge of human
factors (also
>called _information_ design). Readability is more about
comprehension than
>it is about typeface design; legibility is more about the
> of individual letterforms.

Williams is using "readability" and "legibility" in a specialized
sense. Her definitions are used by some (but not all)
typographers, and are meant only to refer to specific aspects of
typography. They aren't intended to be universal definitions of
the words.

Bruce Byfield, Publications and Product Strategy, Stormix
Vancouver, BC, Canada
bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com or bbyfield -at- stormix -dot- com

"Call me the Deserter: it's true I walked away,
Travelling by starlight, hiding out by day,
Dogs and demarcations kept me on the run,
I got a little blinded, staring at the sun."
- OysterBand, "The Deserter"

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