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Serif vs. sans serif

From:Don Blaheta <dpb@...>
Date:Wednesday, October 27, 1999, 16:38
Quoth Kristian Jensen:
> If I were to be really picky, I'd much rather have a serif font. They > seem to be much easier for me to read for some reason.
Legend has it that studies have been done showing that serif fonts are easier to read. I would guess this has something to do with providing a more distinctive shape for the eye to grok. But as I think about it, very few real-world scripts (that I know of, always a big disclaimer) have such a distinction. The Latin alphabet does, of course, and Cyrillic and Greek; Hebrew I've not seen true serifs on, but in the rabbinic variety it has well-defined widening and narrowing of certain bits of each character, which probably serves the same purpose. However, I've never seen serifed versions of, for instance, Chinese or Japanese. I can't even imagine how one would add serifs to Arabic. Does anyone have serif/sans-serif (or similar) distinctions within their own conscripts? -- -=-Don<>-=- "We are on the verge: Today our program proved Fermat's next-to-last theorem." -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982