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RE: Useability and font selection

From: Jon Gunderson <jongund@staff.uiuc.edu>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 1998 15:47:07 -0600
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To: "Robert C. Neff" <rcn@fenix2.dol-esa.gov>, <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Cc: "'Gregg Vanderheiden via Post Office'" <po@trace.wisc.edu>
san serf fonts are the usually the best.  Like arial in ms-windows.  I
wouldn't write off style sheets so fast.  Remember they are backward
compatible.  So even if people cannot see all the visual formatting in the
style sheet, they still have access to the information.

At 07:42 PM 2/9/98 -0500, Robert C. Neff wrote:
>Has anyone done any studies on the best font to use for people with 
>disabilities or for the general public?  We are producing a new web site 
>and have not heard of any studies relating to this. Also...
>I have never been a fan of Times New Roman on the web because it can be 
>difficult to read with my
>astigmatism.  Also graphic artists can use anti-aliasing to fool the eye.
>I also do not believe (personal opinion) that the studies for written or 
>printed text can be easily transposed to the web environment.  I am not 
>seeing this type of research.  Do you know of any?
>I was hoping there was definitive research in this area "font selection on 
>the web"
>Lastly, style sheets are good for an intranet or extranet - not for an 
>internet.  We have identified our target audience and we are developing for 
>the lowest common "browser" (Microsoft or Netscaep 2) and text based. 
> Therefore style sheets are not for us -darn!
Jon Gunderson, Ph.D., ATP
Coordinator of Assistive Communication and Information Technology
Division of Rehabilitation - Education Services
University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
1207 S. Oak Street
Champaign, IL 61820

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