wichita state's usability resources (Re: Aside on Fonts)

aloha, y'all!

On Fri, 27 Jul 2001, Kynn Bartlett wrote:
> Has this URL (for a usability study on font readability) been passed
> around yet?
> http://psychology.wichita.edu/surl/usabilitynews/3S/font.htm

it is worth noting that the usability news is available in an "easy print"
(or, from the URI, EZprint) version which uses (surprise! surprise!) a
sans-serif font (arial)

it is also worth noting that the EZprint version uses the deprecated,
non-scaling, absolute presentational element FONT, rather than
stylesheets, which would make me think twice about hiring wichita state's
software usability research laboratory to perform a usability analysis on

and yet, since we are endlessly debating (a) if there really is a
dichotomy/difference between usability and accessibility, and (b) if there
is, where the dividing line can be drawn; i think it worth our collective
while to investigate their "Optimal Web Design" resource, a set of
criteria/guidelines/information/statistics located at: 
although i found that using the "print" version of the page easier and
quicker going, once it loaded:
so i'd recommend using the second URI, which again, i must say, gives
me pause...

choking down another spoonful of his own dogfood,

PS: anne, i have a detailed response to your post (the first, i assume, in
this sub-thread), but it is trapped on my win2k box by one of the 3
instances of outlook that, for some ungodly reason, are attempting to run
simultaneously on my box...  in any event, once i reboot and reconnect, i
should be able to send it out...  i'm also currently processing this
thread in reverse, so apologies if this has already been covered...
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Received on Friday, 27 July 2001 17:54:30 UTC