Re: Serif vs. sans serif? - resend

Subject: Re: Serif vs. sans serif? - resend
From: "Kathy E. Gill" <techwriter -at- cyberwriter -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 22 Jun 2001 08:52:34 -0700

>Subject: Re: Serif vs. sans serif?
>At 12:57 PM -0400 6/21/01, Hart, Geoff wrote:
>>Serif fonts aren't inherently more legible than sans serif, despite myths
>>you may hear to the contrary; this is why many European and Nordic nations
>>standardize on sans serif and continue to read productively. The issue is
>>whether you've chosen a legible sans serif font, not whether the font is
>>sans serif; Arial, for example, is a lousy font in many sizes and styles
>Arial is not a lousy face when used as intended, which is on screen.
>Ditto Geneva, New York, Georgia and Verdana.
>There are studies which show that serif faces are easier to read
>When Printed than sans serif. However, at very small point sizes,
>sans serif is preferred. For the same reason that those faces are
>easier to read (for lots of text) on the screen -- the "muddying" of
>the serifs at small sizes is not unlike the "muddying" due to low
>rez of screen.


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