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RE: Readability of international language scripts

From: Rochford, John <john.rochford@umassmed.edu>
Date: Wed, 8 Jan 2020 17:48:53 +0000
To: John Foliot <john.foliot@deque.com>, Steve Lee <stevelee@w3.org>
CC: public-cognitive-a11y-tf <public-cognitive-a11y-tf@w3.org>, "Drake, Ted" <Ted_Drake@intuit.com>
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Hi All,

In my own user research, people with intellectual disabilities have reported they prefer large font sizes. Briefly, if people prefer large font sizes because they increase comprehension, I suspect it’s because larger font sizes push out distracting content such as advertisements.

John

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From: John Foliot <john.foliot@deque.com>
Sent: Tuesday, January 7, 2020 9:48 AM
To: Steve Lee <stevelee@w3.org>
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Subject: Re: Readability of international language scripts

Hi Steve,

Good question. From the Summary Conclusion however: "On overall preference, more than 50% of the UK participants chose 18 point sans serif, whereas more than 50% of Thai participants chose 18 point serif."

I recall back in the day when the W3C CSS WG established the base-line font-size for browsers at 16 pt., and then designers promptly modified their style sheets to: body {font-size: 80%;} (sigh)

JF

On Tue, Jan 7, 2020 at 8:03 AM Steve Lee <stevelee@w3.org<mailto:stevelee@w3.org>> wrote:
Thanks John, that IS fascinating. I wonder if there as size at which
readability starts to reduce? I understand that is the case with Western

Steve

On 07/01/2020 13:43, John Foliot wrote:
> but last year at the Web4All conference in San Francisco, there was a
> young woman who did a presentation along a similar vein. As I recall,
> she was researching readability of both Western scripts and Thai (??)
> script, and the somewhat astonishing conclusion she brought forward was
> that font *SIZE* also had a real


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