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Subject:Re: Typefaces discussion From:Bonni Graham <Bonni_Graham_at_Enfin-SD -at- RELAY -dot- PROTEON -dot- COM> Date:Thu, 4 Nov 1993 16:28:00 EST
So, in a nutshell, our rally for readability had to take a back
seat to accomodate electronic files and network access. Paper is
no longer the default; our style is in a constant state of flux to
accomodate the newest media types. Anyway, it's something to keep
in mind if you're looking at font properties and readability. kb
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A very good point. Yes, I was just speaking on paper doc -- we produce our own,
and only source files are sent to approriate customers (no real formatting,
etc.) so they can apply their own style guides.
We use Arial for online help -- it is as close to a universally available face
as we could find (we do both OS/2 and Windows from a single source file -- yes,
please pity us).
Although, the point I made is still valid -- choose a font on purpose, not
randomly. If it's the Terrible Twins, but there are good reasons for it to be
(like Kathy's), fine. At least do it consciously.
Bonni Graham | font, n. Loosely, a typeface
Technical Writer | or family of typefaces. A
Easel Corporation, ENFIN Technology Lab | bit-mapped font is one that
Bonni_Graham_at_Enfin-SD -at- relay -dot- proteon -dot- com | displays a typeface on the
President, San Diego STC | screen of a computer. Type-
| faces for laser printers,
| which must be kept in
| the Blessed System
| Folder, are known as bap-
| tismal fonts.
| --Ezra Shapiro