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Crimes against readers: bad typography

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Crimes against readers: bad typography
« September 10, 2016, 02:47:06 PM »
Pointer to article: To Hell With Helvetica, a diatribe against the use of fonts (especially sans-serif fonts) which serve only to strain the eyes and introduce ambiguity.
« Last Edit: November 05, 2016, 03:10:40 PM by Phil »

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Re: Crimes against readers: bad typography
« Reply #1: May 13, 2018, 10:00:05 AM »
Sort of related… https://caselaw.findlaw.com/mi-supreme-court/1608291.html  arguing over typographic minutiae [facepalm].

TL;DR A petition signed by 200k people was rejected because it didn't exactly meet the requirement that the heading text be 14 point bold.

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Re: Crimes against readers: bad typography
« Reply #2: October 23, 2018, 10:33:00 AM »
Another font for the Hall of Shame: Georgia. While a nice looking serif typeface, most of the digits are 1ex in height, and full size digits are dropped (sometimes referred to as "old-fashioned numerals"). While acceptable for a mystery novel or a bodice-ripper, this is not good for technical material where single digits may appear, e.g., default '0' looking like default 'o'.

I was using Georgia for this website (non-forum portion), and noticed some 0's had turned into o's. I couldn't figure out for the life of me what was going on, until I happened to see a multidigit number, and realized the elegant digits in Georgia made single digits look like letters!
« Last Edit: October 23, 2018, 12:19:59 PM by Phil »