Legibility of sans serif typefaces

Problem: Illegibility of sans serif typefaces, especially when proportional spacing is used between characters.

Example: I have actually misinterpreted the following because the typeface used lacked serifs:

Insufficiently distinguishable text
Actual text Misreading
clark.net dark.net
modern modem
Ill 111? III?
Double Churn Double Chum
makefile.lvl makefile.M


Objection:
To be fair, legibility problems do not only afflict san-serif type. I have a file named “bsd-style.txt” that I always first misread as “bad-style.txt” when it is displayed in the Courier font.

Copyright © 2008 Possum Technologies, All Rights Reserved.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s