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Old 10-30-2011, 07:46 PM   #1
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Default Oo oo, Scientific American on new font for dyslexics

This is DELICIOUS - the font itself, the illustrations, the description in the article of motives and methods, and most of all, the linked PDF "Read this article in Dyslexie."

Bold Stroke: New Font Helps Dyslexics Read

Methinks the design principles described here are of general use. Dyslexie ain't beautiful, except in an exotic sorta way, but I was surprised at how it accelerated my own reading. (I'm not dyslexic, far as I know!)

   
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Interesting article, but the examples were confusing. They never simply show a paragraph of the font in use.

   
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I fear that suddenly it will become the politically correct font that MUST be used in all government and public communication. It really is an unattractive looking beast.
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The PDF deB mentions contains the whole article in that font.
http://www.scientificamerican.com/me...exics-read.pdf

   
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The PDF deB mentions contains the whole article in that font.
http://www.scientificamerican.com/me...exics-read.pdf
Once you know it is, I found the bottom weighting oddly distracting (which after all it is meant to) but I expect it would wear off.

But would using it make it more difficult for dyslexics to read "normal" type, I wonder?

   
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Once you know it is, I found the bottom weighting oddly distracting (which after all it is meant to) but I expect it would wear off.

But would using it make it more difficult for dyslexics to read "normal" type, I wonder?
I wouldn't imagine so, but really I've no idea.

Reading about it sparked another thought though ... with a bit of browserbeating, I gather you can override any styling imposed by a web page's author and impose your own. In this case, a way of saying "Take your tired, your poor, your lousy Arial and convert it all to Dyslexia, thank you."

I wonder if there's any similar way of overriding PDF fonts (w/o going to extremes like removing all other fonts but Dyslexia from your computer).

   
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Here's more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLtYFcHx7ec#!

   
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Interesting, but having tried to use the page in IE8, quite hard to make my way around. Better in Chrome, where the slide show looks as it should rather than splatted all over the place.
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Interesting ... and did you notice how readable the longish chunk of text in relatively type at the end of the video was? Dyslexie starts out looking like text that's suffered some of the typical distortions of low resolution output ... perhaps suffering a bit more only emphasizes the Dyslexie-ness of it. IAC, I didn't find that at all hard to read.

   
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If your browser supports Web fonts, check it out in use on the creator's own site:
http://www.studiostudio.nl/lettertype-dyslexie/

Interesting look. Sort of grunge with a purpose.

   
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