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Fonts online and their readability

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Posted 30th August 2009 at 12:01 PM by dherbert

Serif fonts like Times New Roman that have added structural elements to the letters end strokes increase their readability in print publication but studies show that Sans Serif fonts like Arial are easier to read on line. Basically because Serif fonts are not legibly read at small font sizes, under 12 pt.

Newspapers use serif fonts extensively, and since they are easier on the eyes in general on line they can also be used successfully provided the font size starts from 12pt and above. For titles though Sans Serif fonts are preferable. Most popular and web safe sans serif fonts are arial, verdana, helvetica, trebuchet.

As far as scripts fonts are concerned for cursive hand writing, they should be used sparingly and selective because they deemphasize readability and should be reserved for big sizes and titles.

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