Re: block lettering (readability)

Subject: Re: block lettering (readability)
From: Christy Yoder <yodercb3 -at- EXPERT -dot- CC -dot- PURDUE -dot- EDU>
Date: Mon, 8 Nov 1993 20:11:23 EST


I am just responding to your e-mail because I agree with you. CAPS
ARE HARD TO READ. I do not even think that it is very attractive
unless the caps are used effectively in an appropriate font. Even
then, one needs to be careful.

Christy Yoder

> I've read (although I have no sources*) that all caps
> is very difficult to read for most audiences. (I know
> that it is difficult for me.)

> However, in a recent class, every student was assigned a
> brief presentation that included bringing "handouts" for
> everyone else. One student typed his in ALL CAPS! And
> in Helvetica no less! I harassed him during a break and mentioned
> the readability thing, but he had this explanation: As
> a broadcast journalist, he reads copy in caps all the time
> so it is what he is used to reading and typing. Apparently
> all the stuff that comes in "over the wire" are in all caps, too.
> Ditto for teleprompters.

> That was all news to me, so I thought you might find it interesting, too.

> Of course, he should have realized that his audience was not
> all broadcast journalists (this was a communications class).

> LF

> * If you have sources that back up my claim, please provide. Thanks.

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