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RE: Best font family for accessibility? / site check request

From: Jim Allan <jimallan@tsbvi.edu>
Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2003 10:26:25 -0500
To: Jim Tobias <tobias@inclusive.com>, 'Matthew Smith' <matt@kbc.net.au>, w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Message-id: <HDEAKIPKOHBCMDILOOPNMEJOHFAA.jimallan@tsbvi.edu>

There is also American Printing House for the Blind's APHont:
http://sun1.aph.org/products/aphont.html
developed by APH specifically for low vision readers. APHont embodies
characteristics that have been shown to enhance reading speed,
comprehension, and comfort for large print users.
Alas, with all fonts, it must be installed on the users computer in order to
render, but specifying it doesn't hurt. In general, sans-serif is easier to
read on the screen.

Jim Allan, Webmaster & Statewide Technical Support Specialist
Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired
1100 W. 45th St., Austin, Texas 78756
voice 512.206.9315    fax: 512.206.9264  http://www.tsbvi.edu/
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-----Original Message-----
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Behalf Of Jim Tobias
Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2003 8:40 AM
To: 'Matthew Smith'; w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
Subject: RE: Best font family for accessibility? / site check request



There's RNIB's Tiresias family:
http://www.myfonts.com/fonts/bitstream/tiresias/

*****
Jim Tobias
Inclusive Technologies
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www.inclusive.com


> -----Original Message-----
> From: w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org
> [mailto:w3c-wai-ig-request@w3.org] On Behalf Of Matthew Smith
> Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2003 8:49 AM
> To: w3c-wai-ig@w3.org
> Subject: Re: Best font family for accessibility? / site check request
>
>
>
> carl.myhill@ps.ge.com wrote:
> > Currently, I use this...
> > font-family: verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif;
>
> Hi Carl
>
> The consensus points to 'open' fonts (sans serif ones) as are
> your examples.
>
> Maximum Accessibility (Slatin & Rush, pub: Addison Wesley) recommends
> these fonts for those with low vision.  Mencap's "Am I Making Myself
> Clear"* says to use a 'clear' typeface such as Arial or Univers for
> those with learning disabilities.  (I guess that Univers is another
> sans-serif font.)  The Mencap document appears to be done in
> Helvetica.
>   Can't check my other books because my wife's just turned the lights
> out - bedtime over here!
>
> Hope this helps.
>
> Cheers
>
> M
>
> * http://www.mencap.org.uk/html/services/accessibility_services.htm
>
>
> --
> Matthew Smith
> Kadina Business Consultancy
> South Australia
> http://www.kbc.net.au
>

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