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Re: read regular - typeface for dyslexics

From: Joe Clark <joeclark@joeclark.org>
Date: Fri, 17 Oct 2003 08:32:56 -0400 (EDT)
To: WAI-IG <w3c-wai-ig@w3.org>
Message-ID: <Pine.BSO.4.53.0310170827170.10737@mail.veldt.ca>

> This does seem an interesting font type.

"Outright failure," you mean?

> Dyslexia friendly fonts generally have a simple design that aids in
> letter recognition

Simple design impedes letter recognition. Bet you didn't know that.

> 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.

Yes, and for that reason, simplified letterforms *worsen* dyslexia.
Consider bicameral vs. unicameral _a_ and _g_. Which are really easier to
read and harder to confuse?

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

Of course they're "real" fonts. Comic Sans works beautifully in Microsoft
Comic Chat, whose main instantiation these days is the comic strip
Jerkcity <http://jerkcity.com>, and works nauseatingly badly everywhere
else.  Sassoon (the Primary is best known) is a script font, which would
hardly be considered a dyslexia aid or appliance.

> It certainly looks a bit better than Comic Sans,

Blunt trauma to the eyes would work better than Comic Sans.


You're all entitled to your opinions. I'm just looking forward to some
that are actually informed. "I like it" and "I can read it" are not valid


  Joe Clark  |  joeclark@joeclark.org
  Author, _Building Accessible Websites_
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