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Subject:Re: Font readability? From:Romay Jean Sitze <rositze -at- NMSU -dot- EDU> Date:Sun, 9 Apr 1995 21:27:14 -0600
On Fri, 7 Apr 1995, Arlen P. Walker wrote:
> I can't quote the source, but I remember reading that san serif makes for good
> display type, but serif fonts are more readable in smaller, book-style
> There's something about the serifs which leads your eye to the next character,
> making words more clearly seen.
> Anybody else, or am I halucinating again?
You're not hallucinating. Tom Lichty (_Design Pringiples for Desktop
Publishers_) says that serifs cut down on the reflection of light from
around the letter (halation), links the letters in a word and provides a
horizontal guideline, and helps distinguish one letter form another, thus
making life easier for the reader. He also recommends sans serif fonts
for anything under 8 points in x-height. He also mentions that many
experts claim that sans serif typefaces are just as readable at any
height as serif fonts.
I suspect that what it all boils down to is: Use whatever you prefer when
it comes to serif or sans serif typefaces.
RoMay Sitze, rositze -at- nmsu -dot- edu
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