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RE: read regular - typeface for dyslexics

From: Juan Ulloa <julloa@bcc.ctc.edu>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2003 07:45:13 -0700
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To: "'w3c-wai-ig@w3.org'" <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>

No doubt the site is ironically hard to read and inaccessible, but that's a
problem with the website.  The font, on the other hand, looks nice and
legible.  Are there any comments about the font in particular? To tell you
the truth I never even thought about using font to make it websites or print
easier to read by people with reading disorders.   I always thought I was
playing it safe by limiting myself to fonts like Arial, Helvetica and

  Juan C. Ulloa
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Subject: Re: read regular - typeface for dyslexics

I can see fairly well. The site looks very blurry to me. And the background
is really bad...IMHO.,
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Peter Rainger" <P.F.Rainger@sussex.ac.uk>
To: "P.H.Lauke" <P.H.Lauke@salford.ac.uk>
Cc: <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>; <e.a.draffan@sussex.ac.uk>
Sent: Thursday, October 16, 2003 5:54 AM
Subject: Re: read regular - typeface for dyslexics

Dear Paul,

This does seem an interesting font type.

Dyslexia friendly fonts generally have a simple design that aids in
letter recognition and this font design seems to have put a lot of
thought into avoiding the typical dyslexic reading traits of letter
transposition, rotation and reflection.

Other "simplistic" fonts include Comic Sans MS and Sassoon - whether or
not the Typographers think they are "real fonts" or not.

It is certainly a little more "adult" than Comic Sans and it will be
interesting to see what my Dyslexic contacts make of it.

I have emailed the contact on the site for more details.

PS. Yeap those square do create a not so friendly optical illusion. and
that copyright text is just awful.


Quoting "P.H.Lauke" <P.H.Lauke@salford.ac.uk>:

> spotted this whilst trawling some design sites:

" Read Regular is
a typeface designed specifically to help people with dyslexia read
and write more effectively. "

It certainly looks a bit better than Comic Sans, but I'm wondering
whether the design of the site itself is not actually working against
the audience it tries to target (patterned background that hurts even
my eyes).

Any views ?

(calling Pete Rainger of TechDis *grin*)

Patrick H. Lauke
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University of Salford
Greater Manchester
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