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CHI-WEB  June 2000, Week 2

CHI-WEB June 2000, Week 2

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Re: Onscreen fonts

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"Cantor, Judy, ALSVC" <[log in to unmask]>

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Cantor, Judy, ALSVC

Date:

Fri, 9 Jun 2000 08:35:46 -0400

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Here is a response from one of my colleagues who has studied typology...



I went to a "User Interface Update" late last year , and type was one of the
issues there and I was hoping to get an answer for this too. But after many
tests by Universities like Princeton, etc. the outcome was no determinable
or significant difference between sans-serif and serif typefaces. In my
oppinion, for on screen reading, Verdana (sans-serif) can't be beat. This is
a Matthew Carter typeface that was designed primarily for on screen
readability. It has a taller x-height, open bowls, etc (type talk). The
reason I prefer this over Georgia (serif)  at this time is because of its
availability. Since Windows 95 Verdana has been installed w/ the OS, as well
as IE 4+, and even IE 3+ on the Mac. Georgia, although a great typeface for
readability, may not be installed on a large percentage of machines.

hope this helps.

Keith Sirois
<at&t tidd>
art & media design
[log in to unmask]
http://tidd.att.com/~sirois/

___________________

Judy Cantor, Ph.D.
AT&T Labs
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(732) 420.2876


> ----------
> From:         Michael Chui[SMTP:[log in to unmask]]
> Reply To:     Michael Chui
> Sent:         Thursday, June 08, 2000 4:32 PM
> To:   [log in to unmask]
> Subject:      Re: Onscreen fonts
>
> Joe Clark <[log in to unmask]> writes:
> >Now, Matthew Carter's designs for Georgia and Verdana solve nearly
> >all those problems.
>
>         Does anyone have any data on the relative usability of
> different type faces on-screen?  Do people read faster with Georgia or
> Verdana than, say, a typical Times Roman fonts?  Is reading
> comprehension enhanced?  (Does anyone on the Screenfont mailing list
> that Joe mentioned have this kind of data?)
>
> Michael Chui
> [log in to unmask]
>

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