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
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