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    Re: What font do you use??

    Quote Originally Posted by gwendes
    Verdana here
    Same here.

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    Re: What font do you use??

    Calibi if it's Office 2007.
    Century Gothic if anything else.

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    Re: What font do you use??

    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk
    The human eye hasn't changed over recent years though :P
    No, it hasn't. But the way we perceive text has. If you compare Ye Olden medieval typography to modern-day material, things have changed a bit

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    Re: What font do you use??

    Arial all the way... so what if you use different fonts? means people know who the message is off!!

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    Re: What font do you use??

    True dyslexics may be different. The references may have been based on those within the "normal" range.

    Personally I HATE reading body text in sans-serif fonts. It take SO much longer to read. I gave up on a Ben Elton novel. Maybe it was rubbish too, but damned hard to read.

    One liners, quick notes, poster, headlines, whatever; use whatever looks funky, but not too many in one document please!

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    Re: What font do you use??

    Quote Originally Posted by webman
    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk
    The human eye hasn't changed over recent years though :P
    No, it hasn't. But the way we perceive text has. If you compare Ye Olden medieval typography to modern-day material, things have changed a bit
    Ye Olde medieval font was never printed... It was carefully scripted by individual men.

    Printed font was designed in such a way to make it easy to read for the masses - ie. using serifs was intended to make it easier to read. If you speak to any offset printer they will recommend a serif font for printed work.

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    Re: What font do you use??

    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk
    using serifs was intended to make it easier to read
    I'd heard that serifs were about stone-carving - by placing the serif at the end of the line, it ensured that when you then took the main chip out, it stopped in a neat line exactly where you wanted it, rather than a jagged splintered edge. If that is the case, they have no requirement in typed text at all!

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    Re: What font do you use??

    I use the Default in Office 2k7 now Calibri

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    Re: What font do you use??

    Quote Originally Posted by NickJones
    Quote Originally Posted by localzuk
    using serifs was intended to make it easier to read
    I'd heard that serifs were about stone-carving - by placing the serif at the end of the line, it ensured that when you then took the main chip out, it stopped in a neat line exactly where you wanted it, rather than a jagged splintered edge. If that is the case, they have no requirement in typed text at all!
    Not according to the design and typography books I've read, or the plethora of sites which discuss this issue across the net. (for example, this completely non-definitive random site).

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    Re: What font do you use??

    I guess that bit of pub trivia was rubbish then!

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    Re: What font do you use??

    Quote Originally Posted by richard
    Quote Originally Posted by gwendes
    Verdana here
    Same here.
    ...and here too

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    Re: What font do you use??

    Arial is the standard for letters at school - I use it at home too, because I'm too lazy to keep switching!

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    Re: What font do you use??

    I do have a very nice font called 'Waking the Witch'

    But then they might know I am asleep!

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    Re: What font do you use??

    There's endless stuff about fonts on the web - as ever, some of it is good, some not good :-)

    Some of the research I've read concerns the way people read - most people don't read words letter-by-letter and work out the word - they see the word shape and know what the word says and the shapes are better differentiated when there are serifs on the letters.

    I think this is where the term "word blindness" for describing dyslexics comes from; one of the bits of dyslexia can be an inability to just look at print and know what the words say. Instead, the reader more or less does go letter by letter which makes it more time consuming and leads to frustration.

    The kind of font you use should vary depending on what you're doing. On a screen at 96dpi you probably don't want serifs - they don't really work well. On paper at many hundred dpi then you can use serifs and they can help to make text readable.

    Similar considerations apply to line length - it's much easier to follow shorter lines (eg 3 columns across A4) because you can actually take in most or all of the line in one go.

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    Re: What font do you use??

    Times New Roman,

    With Courier for quoting script.

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