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Old 08-16-2009, 10:13 PM   #1
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Default Serif or Sans--easier to read?

On the Scribus e-mail list, there is a discussion going on about whether serif or sans fonts are easier to read. One member is rather dogmatic that serif is always preferred for text because it has been tested as easier to read than sans serif. His source for the statement is "Type & Layout" by Colin Wheidon & Geoffrey Heard.

I think I remember a discussion about this book in the DTP forum back in CompuServe days. Didn't KT write an article critiquing this book and other studies? Is it online?

A brief summary of the problems with this type of study would be helpful. I think the conclusion of the forum discussion was that it's more a matter of what you're used to reading than an intrinsic advantage for serif over sans, or vice versa.
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