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A Comparison of Two Computer Fonts: Serif versus Ornate Sans Serif

Guest Contributor: Sarah Morrison and Jan Noyes, University of Bristol, UK Fonts are described in terms of their face, style, size and color. There are two main types, namely, serif and sans serif. Serif fonts have small appendages at the

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A Comparison of Popular Online Fonts: Which Size and Type is Best?

By Michael Bernard, Bonnie Lida, Shannon Riley, Telia Hackler, & Karen Janzen In the last edition of Usability News we discussed our findings in regard to the performance and preference of twelve different fonts at the 12-point size. We are

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A Comparison of Popular Online Fonts: Which is Best and When?

By Michael Bernard, Melissa Mills, Michelle Peterson, & Kelsey Storrer A general survey of the Web finds that a majority of sites use 12-point fonts (size= 3) for much, if not all of their written content. With this in mind,

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Determining the Best Online Font for Older Adults

By Michael Bernard, Corrina Liao, & Melissa Mills Studies examining the legibility of fonts on computer screens have almost exclusively investigated young to middle aged adults. However, because of many age-related factors affecting reading, one should be fairly cautious in

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Which Fonts Do Children Prefer to Read Online?

By Michael Bernard, Melissa Mills, Talissa Frank, & Jan McKown Children today are reading large amounts of text on computer screens, either in the classroom or for leisure. In fact, currently there is a drive to supplement or even replace

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