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Re: Are All Capital Letters accessible?

From: Gregg C Vanderheiden <greggvan@umd.edu>
Date: Mon, 8 May 2017 10:53:14 -0400
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To: Mohsen Mahjoobnia <mm14kl@student.ocadu.ca>
I would look for quality research in a peer-reviewed journal for answers to this.   

But I do know that the outlines of words is one thing we use to decode them — and all caps do not have outlines.    But whether the larger letters of all caps offsets this — I would not guess.  I would look to research — and not just one paper.   You can find a paper proving just about anything - including the earth is flat.   


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Gregg C Vanderheiden
greggvan@umd.edu




> On May 8, 2017, at 9:46 AM, Mohsen Mahjoobnia <mm14kl@student.ocadu.ca> wrote:
> 
> Hello and good day,
> 
> I would appreciate a clarification on the topic of all capital (titles, headings, and text).
> 
> My understanding is that we should not use all caps!
> But a colleague of mine has suggested the article below from a blog (I don't know the author or the blog's credibility)  It’s a Myth That All Capital Letters Are Inherently Harder to Read <http://www.blog.theteamw.com/2009/12/23/100-things-you-should-know-about-people-19-its-a-myth-that-all-capital-letters-are-inherently-harder-to-read/> 
> 
> < http://www.blog.theteamw.com/2009/12/23/100-things-you-should-know-about-people-19-its-a-myth-that-all-capital-letters-are-inherently-harder-to-read/ <http://www.blog.theteamw.com/2009/12/23/100-things-you-should-know-about-people-19-its-a-myth-that-all-capital-letters-are-inherently-harder-to-read/> >  
> 
> PS. Personally as a x-graphic designer, i used to love using all caps, until I was introduced to digital accessibility few years back. And now (having glasses) I can see the difference and I can also relate.
> 
> Thank you,
> Cheers
> 
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