Re: Fonts?

Subject: Re: Fonts?
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 25 Oct 2004 13:37:09 -0700

Quoting cchris -at- toptechwriter -dot- us:

> I keep reading that sans-serif is easier to read on-screen, and in theory
> it should be.

The comment about sans-serif is a general rule, not an invariable one. There are
many serif fonts that read perfectly well on-line. Generally, they have very
regular strokes and serifs. Most slab serifs fall into the category, and so do
many more.

> But how many of you still use the default font settings for
> your web browser??? On every Mac browser I've used, serif fonts are the
> default for text, so if people are leaving that setting alone, it can't be
> too difficult to read.

It could also be that people simply aren't aware that changing the default is a

> I read somewhere (can't stop to Google it) that the font style used in
> schoolbooks when you were learning to read will be the most readable.

That comment suggests that it's a matter of familiarity. There may be something
to that, but definite characteristics can be defined, so it's not all subjective.

Bruce Byfield


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