Screen fonts

Subject: Screen fonts
From: Mike West <Mike -dot- West -at- oz -dot- quest -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 17 Dec 2002 18:04:27 +1100


See

http://www.microsoft.com.../typography/tools/trtalr.htm

for an excellent and graphic demonstration
of how completely inadequate a medium the
computer screen is for rendering typefaces
at text sizes.

Until operating systems are re-engineered to
work with the true resolution of multisync monitors,
instead of being locked into an obsolete 96 ppi
(Windows) or 72 ppi (Mac) model, type on-screen
will be severely damaged. Until then, forget about
the subtleties of type on the screen; there aren't
any.

This is not to say that you shouldn't avoid making
things worse for your readers by throwing even more
obstacles in their way -- busy fonts, distracting
backgrounds, fixed point sizes, crowded lines of text
that no daylight can penetrate, and a dozen other
self-indulgent inanities.
--
Mike W

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