Re: Paper documentation fonts

Subject: Re: Paper documentation fonts
From: Marci Abels <maa5906 -at- CCP -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 21 Jun 1996 07:26:11 -0500

Thanks to everyone who responed to my plea for sources for font readability
in print documentation. It's been a big help. For anyone who might care for
a copy of the sources I was sent, here is what has accumulated so far:

Sean Wheller:
Microsoft's Technical Manual Style
Elements of Style.

Laura Clark:
"Designing with Type: A basic course in typography." (James
Craig,Watson-Guptill Publishing, NY, 1971)

This book includes a chapter entitled, "How Do We Read?" On serif vs.
sans serif (p. 123):

Patrick Lufkin:
"Looking Good in Print: A Guide to Basic Design for Desktop Publishing," by
Roger C. Parker, Ventana Press, isbn 1-56604-047-7. However, almost any
book on desktop publishing will comment on he issue.

Emily Skarzenski:
Type & Layout, by Colin Wheildon ISBN 0-9624891-5-8. 1995, Strathmoor Press
(2550 Ninth Street, Suite 1000, Berkeley, CA 94710)

Lindsay J Rollo:
Tinker, Miles A. 1963 _Legibility of Print_, Ames: Iowa State University
Press Tinker summaries a vast range of research on various aspects of
legibility of print, including some of his own work. Tinker comments
particularly on the advantages of serif type as measured by speed of reading.

Hvistendahl, J. K. and Kahl, M. R. 1975 _Roman versus Sans Serif Boy Type;
Readability and Reader Preference_ New Research Bulletin No. 2, Washington:
American newspaper Publishers Association. This paper records reader's
preferences for serif type.

Wheildon, C. 1990 (rev. edit) _Communicating: Or Just Making Pretty
Shapes_, Newspaper Advertising Bureau of Australia Colin Wheildon's
research clearly shows serif type is superior for comprehension.

Virginia Link:
Writing and Designing Manuals, by Gretchen Holstein Schoff and Patricia A.
Robinson (1984), mentions, in its chapter on Format/Layout, that
"readability studies indicate that most people perceive it [sans serif
type face] harder to read.

Russ Barnes:
The PC is not a Typewriter, Robin Williams, Peachpit Press.

Thanks again for the help. It's really appreciated,


Marci Abels maa5906 -at- ccp -dot- com
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