RE: Online fonts and sizes

Subject: RE: Online fonts and sizes
From: "Steve Hudson" <cruddy -at- optushome -dot- com -dot- au>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2002 00:02:18 +1100

A lot of waffle going on and I am not going to help as can't remember the
citation to give it to you, but the results were pretty clear from a number
of test I felt were reasonably objective.

1) TNR rocks. Spew about sans and not, online or in print, TNR rocks. To get
around the built-in bias (ever read ANY pro-published hard copy in your
life?) we would need to take a bunch of New Guinea head-hunting savages
and... <insert long experiment> only to discover they liked ms comic sans
and we would all go NUTS!.

2) 10-12 pt body size - fluff all difference. Increase the font size,
increase character readability, reduce paragraph readability and scan

3) Arial runs in so close a second you couldn't be blamed for using it

As TNR and Arial have been rumbling in the jungle for a while now - the
overwhelming consensus is... vanilla or chocolate dude?

Interestingly, the one font designed for online - Verdana - doesn't come
CLOSE (about 15% (approx 1 std dev) down).

Steve Hudson, Word Heretic
Word help and tools: heretic -at- tdfa -dot- com

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