Re: Serif vs. Sans Serif

Subject: Re: Serif vs. Sans Serif
From: "Dick Margulis" <margulis -at- mail -dot- fiam -dot- net>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 21 Jun 2001 12:43:02 -0400


Sans fonts can be just as readable as serif fonts, in the hands of a skilled typographer. Serif fonts can be just as unreadable as sans fonts, in the hands of a sheep rustler.

My recommendation (going on 42 years of type wrangling) is that you talk to a typographer before making any waves. Show the typographer a sample of the current design and ask for recommendations regarding readability.


Brigitte Johnston <bjohnston -at- HTEC -dot- com> asks:

>My company's manuals and reports (mostly distributed in hard copy for use in
>training classes) are all currently produced in sans serif type (with full
>justification). Information in these manuals is of a somewhat technical
>nature, but it's not "rocket science" nor software- or hardware- related.
>I'm trying to convince folks here to change to serif type (ragged right).
>After 12 years of writing, I still I feel it's easier on the eye, and more
>"friendly" in appearance. Have any of you come across this situation? What
>are some of your thoughts on serif vs. sans serif for print? How do you
>think I could best persuade "them" to make the change? Any and all comments
>most appreciated! (FYI - I'm on digest.)


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