RE: What's wrong with Times New Roman?; was, RE: Hey! She messed with *my* manual

Subject: RE: What's wrong with Times New Roman?; was, RE: Hey! She messed with *my* manual
From: "Ed." <hamonwry12 -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: <quills -at- airmail -dot- net>, "'TECHWR-L'" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 23 Mar 2009 15:40:05 -0400

I think it's just an aesthetic choice. I personally use Minion Pro and
Myriad Pro for my docs. TNR seems way overused.

However, I would recommend against using Optima in body copy. It's a
delicate face that can easily lose a lot of detail, especially when printing
from a laser printer.
-=Ed.

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Subject: Re: What's wrong with Times New Roman?; was, RE: Hey! She messed
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Well, yes there are other fonts that work as well or better than Times
New Roman.

Be aware that Times and Times New Roman were created for the narrow
columns of a newspaper (hence the name Times, as in New York Times,
etc.). The Times and Times New Roman face is very narrow to accomodate
narrow columns. If you don't like that, try a font with a different
ratio of height to width. Minion is one such, Caslon and Century are
other, and Garamond is yet a fourth.

If you don't like a pure serif, and want something in between try a
semi-serif like Optima. It has the graduated stems that approximate a
serif font, yet still has the clean lines of a sans-serif.

Scott


Leonard C. Porrello wrote:
> Not a fan at all. Just wondering what's wrong with it and what I could
> use instead. My understanding is that serifed fonts are more readable in
> print and sans-serif fonts are more readable on-line. So, if there is a
> better alterative to TNR for printed text, I'd love to know.
>
> Leonard
>

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References:
Hey! She messed with *my* manual: From: Downing, David
RE: Hey! She messed with *my* manual: From: Latella, Vincent
What's wrong with Times New Roman?; was, RE: Hey! She messed with *my* manual: From: Leonard C. Porrello
Re: What's wrong with Times New Roman?; was, RE: Hey! She messed with *my* manual: From: John Posada
RE: What's wrong with Times New Roman?; was, RE: Hey! She messed with *my* manual: From: Latella, Vincent
RE: What's wrong with Times New Roman?; was, RE: Hey! She messed with *my* manual: From: Leonard C. Porrello
Re: What's wrong with Times New Roman?; was, RE: Hey! She messed with *my* manual: From: quills

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