Fonts for online documentation

Subject: Fonts for online documentation
From: Bruce Byfield <bbyfield -at- AXIONET -dot- COM>
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 1997 15:18:42 -0500

Susan Brown <sbrown -at- JSCSYS -dot- COM> wrote:

>Have there been any studies done about the preferred font(s) >for online documentation? (i.e. proportional, serifed, etc.) >Do you have any strong feelings/preferences??????

Most people seem to think that sans serif fonts are preferable. Given
the low resolution on-screen, some serif fonts can be hard to read,
especially in small sizes.

I also look for fonts that have even strokes (nothing too thin or too
varied) and that have decent letter-spacing (no condensed fonts, but no
widely spaced ones like Helvetica, either).
--
Bruce Byfield (bbyfield -at- axionet -dot- com)
Technical Writer
IBM WAVE Group
Burnaby, BC, Canada
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