RE: one vs. 1 (SusanT)

Subject: RE: one vs. 1 (SusanT)
From: "Dan Goldstein" <DGoldstein -at- riverainmedical -dot- com>
To: <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 7 Oct 2009 08:54:33 -0400

<Can of worms>

Consider two examples of easy font distinctions:

Times New Roman distinguishes better than Century Gothic between the upper-case "eye" and the lower-case "L": TNR gives the upper-case "eye" full serifs at the top and bottom.

However, Century Gothic distinguishes better than Times New Roman between the lower-case "L" and the digit "one": CG gives the digit "one" a serif at the top, but no serif at all on the letter.

As a font amateur, I consider those distinctions *very* easy to spot, even before I have my first cup of tea in the morning.

Here's an example of a slightly tougher distinction: In Courier New, the serif at the top of the lower-case "L" and the digit "one" differs only in its angle -- so that doesn't pass the precaffeination test.

Is there any font that distinguishes *very* clearly between the upper-case "eye," the lower-case "L," and the digit "one"?

As an act of mercy, I'll leave the "pipe" symbol (vertical bar) out of the conversation.

</Can of worms>

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Susan Tamaoki
> Sent: Friday, October 02, 2009 1:35 PM
> To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
> Subject: Re: one vs. 1 (SusanT)
> Just wanted to respond to the suggestion of using a font
> where it is clear that the letter L and the number 1 are
> different - I don't think that will help.
> Otherwise my very smart, but still young daughter wouldn't
> have told me the other day how much she likes AL's steak sauce.  

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