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Old 08-15-2007, 01:59 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Marilynx View Post
I'm considering either a Novel size or their Landscape
I would hate landscape, myself. It tends to flop around, and you really cannot make efficient use of the width if you want to keep the type readable.

Originally Posted by Marilynx
I think the wire spiral binding would be more durable than a plastic comb.
True. And more attractive.

Originally Posted by Marilynx
Century, and Garamond, another favorite, show up, at least on my screen, as significantly lighter than Times-Roman. I note that Century shows as larger than Garamond, with wider line spacing than Garamond, although they are equally dark.
That is probably a fluke of the screen. Print some text out to see how they compare. Do you have Century? Or Century Old Style? Century Schoolbook? All different faces. Schoolbook is reminiscent of primer texts, and I think it would be good for your project.

Originally Posted by Marilynx
For people whose eyes may not be as good as they wish, the "greying" effect of the lighter font can make it hard to read. … and people with visual acuity problems, in my experience, tend to go for the heavier font.

Of course, you've probably worked with a much wider range of people than I have, so your opinion definitely has weight. Looking at the same text, side by side, in the three fonts, I like Garamond very much, but definitely find Century more readable.
Any Century (except perhaps Old Style) should be more readable than almost Garamond — and what you have is almost certainly Monotype Garamond, which is among the most spidery of the desktop digital Garamonds.

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