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Subject:The Next Big Thing in Online Type From:writinglists -at- inkworkswell -dot- com To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com> Date:Tue, 15 Mar 2005 13:25:24 -0500
For all you font fondlers out there..... :)
The Next Big Thing in Online Type
Bill Gates wants computer users, well, Microsoft users, to have a more
enjoyable on-screen reading experience -- so much so that he made improving
reading on the screen one of his top five priorities.
Beginning in 2006, Microsoft says it will ship with its operating system
and other software products six brand new typefaces created especially for
extended on-screen reading.
The new ClearType Font Collection incorporates improved ClearType and
OpenType technologies, and a boatload of research, to improve the structure
and the clarity of the letter forms. Basically, that means a story will be
easier to read because the letters and words won't be as soft and mushy
The Microsoft collection includes two serif, three sans serif, and a
monospaced face for use in programming environments. They are intended to
be text typefaces as opposed to display faces that are used in larger sizes
for headlines. Some of the new fonts are suitable for print as well as
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