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often used as a synonym for typeface which is a set of one or more fonts, in one or more sizes, designed with stylistic unity, each comprising a coordinated set of glyphs

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Most readable standard web typeface

Are there any recommendations/studies on text readability comparisons among the standard web typefaces? The conventional wisdom for serif vs. sans-serif is that serif is better for readability (which ...
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(How) does capitalization affect readability

TLDR In short, given the following two options: This is sentence case This is Title Case Has any research been done into which one is more user-friendly, especially considering dyslexia and other ...
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How can I determine how large of a font size and how wide of a container to use?

Usually I just choose this spontaneously and without much thought, but I have a feeling that's not the best idea: How can I size my font and its container for an optimal reading experience to my ...
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Is it important to maintain consistency even at the expense of aesthetics?

I'm working on a website at the moment which has been using one particular font family since the beginning of time. Problem is that when the font weight becomes bold, the font's ugliness increases by ...
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What is this character ? [closed]

I came across this character in a work-related document and I cannot understand what it is supposed to signify or even which language it is from. It is used in a grid and I am not sure if the presence ...
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Are italics on the web bad for accessibility?

On a current web project, we've received word from the client that we can no longer have any italicized text on the website we are building. When I asked for some reasoning, I was told that "our ...
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Does drawing a dash across the numeral 7 (seven) increase readability?

The RBRC battery recycling logo was recently updated to add a dash to the final digit 7 (seven) in the phone number: Does this increase readability? In what situations, if any, is writing the ...
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Font size for e-commerce

Recently during a usability tests almost all of our customers complained about the small font size on our website. We use: 26px for headlines 13px, bold, for navigation, product names, etc. 11px ...
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What is the ideal font size to be used in user interface that supports all foreign languages?

I read in a forum that 12px english/roman character will appear to be readable while a 12px japanese character would be very heard to read. This brings me to the question, "Is there an ideal font size ...
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Serif vs. Sans Serif

For text-heavy pages on the web, is there evidence to suggest that serif fonts are a better option? The studies I've found seem very murky in pointing one way or another indicating that yes, users ...
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What is the default typography for UINavigationBar in IOS 7? [closed]

I know the font is either HelveticaNeue-Light or HelveticaNeue-Medium, but which is it? What is also the font size?
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What is the font and/or size of the text in the mentioned webpage? [closed]

Here is the webpage I am referring to: http://yplanapp.com If you see the text behind a green background immediately under the homepage, I was curious about the font and size of the text. The CSS ...
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Should a dot or period (.) get italicized?

When do we italicise the dot (.) or period symbol, does it actually change the (.). So, is . different from . Can anyone tell just by looking at the example which one is italicised? And ...
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Using condensed fonts in Mobile apps

Any body have any experience using condensed fonts for mobile designs? Pro/Cons? They seem like they might be harder to read on mobile devices.
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Website theme change checklist

We are adapting the current UI to the new look, by just changing the font/logo and some graphical images. Current Site Looks like Basically, I am trying to put all the changes in the document and ...
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Reasons to change font in websites

Recently, a series of websites (as an example I cite the following posts regarding Google and Wikipedia) decided to change their fonts. Although it seems like a harmless change (because, in most ...
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Best web control to change font size

So due to elements being painted onto a canvas i need to offer the user the ability to change the font size (different resolutions etc). are there any opinions on regarding the pros on cons of the ...
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What is the appeal of old style numbers and why do modern fonts still include them?

Here's text rendered with Raleway, a font designed around 2012, according to Google Fonts:             I'm far from a font expert, but the ...
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Reasonable (big) default font sizes

In our app (a CAD type app for the casual computer user) we allow users to choose from a number of preset font sizes. These defaults are picked pretty arbitrarily from what OS X offers in their ...
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Difference - Font and Typeface

I would like to know the difference between a font and a typeface. If anyone could please help me. I tried to Google it, but I can't understand that in general, Why the term 'Fonts' is used rather ...
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Why do people love Comic Sans?

I don't want to know why people hate Comic Sans. What I want to know is why so many people love using it? A lot of us, including me, have an inherent aversion to it. A lot many others stop using it ...
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Serif/sans-serif and memory

I read that serif letters are more easily recognizable when you look at them, and because I am working on project linked to the memory, I was wondering if the fact that they are more easily ...
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Is it okay to use a font as a “signature” for a product?

I noticed that the Italian party Forza Nuova tends to use the same font through all their graffiti and handwritten propaganda in general (a few examples here). This suggested me the idea that the same ...
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Why do movie posters use credit fonts that are hard to read?

Many contemporary movie posters typeset the credits in an extremely thin font: Is this just out of convention or is there a particular reason for deliberately making the credits hard to read?
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Why are certain fonts more legible than others?

Given that I have at least basic understanding of typography, I would like to understand what attributes typography designers alter to make text more legible and more pleasing to the eyes? For ...
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What is the research behind Font Awesome? [closed]

I'm using Bootstrap for a site which defaults the use of Font Awesome. So far it looks beautiful, but I started trying to find the reasons why Font Awesome was so awesome so I might compare it to ...
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Does the use of monospaced fonts negatively affect legibility of article text?

Is there any reason I should not use monospaced typefaces for text in articles? Do they negatively affect the reader's ability to easily read long-form text?
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Is it ok to use different fonts for translated versions of the same website?

I am building a webpage for a company that is present in many countries, thats why there will be individual websites for every country. While having no problems with the technical aspects, I am a bit ...
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UX Experiment: How does an existing website look without text?

I was just thinking about a way to hide all text from a website to put focus on the elements that are there when no content is present. Does anyone know of a tool, CSS hack or bookmarklet that can ...
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Localization for Polish diacritics

I am working on an android software package. and the font we are using does not support many of the Polish diacritics (eg ź). is it acceptable to substitute latin characters for unsupported ...
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What is an aesthetically pleasing font for programmers? [closed]

I was directed here after a dozen downvotes by the gestapo over at stackexchange overflow. Hopefully you all will be more kind. I couldn't imagine how this question would get deleted, considering many ...
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font rendering issue [closed]

I have been designing the UI for a financial application. I'd usually do high-fidelity mockups using Photoshop and send them to the developers. What I have noticed is that the text in the actual ...
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Bold font on buttons? [closed]

I'm used to the buttons with in bold. They need to attract attention. And bold font style is one way. But, I've heard that sometimes such text looks awful (for example, Mac?). In bootstrap 3 font on ...
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How to make font that clearly distinct “b” and “d” without sacrificing legibility

In x86 assembly language there are two registers named BX and DX. In the 32bit architecture, their names are EBX, EDX and in 64bit RBX and RDX. The lower byte is respectively BL, DL and the higher ...
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What is the generic name for fonts that have words in them?

Is there a generic name given to fonts like this? I would also like to know if they are hand made or generated by an application.
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What default font to choose for desktop applications?

Finding the right font for an application seems to be an art. There seem to be many standards. Arial seems to be used in most applications I have seen, Segoe UI is the standard for Microsoft Windows ...
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Which font family do we use for new applications in 2013? [closed]

I am working on the new design for a product. It is a serious product with file management and related display options. Previously Lucida, Arial, Helvetica and Verdana fonts were used but currently ...
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Name for Monospace vs Proportional fonts?

If one wants to classify all fonts as either monospace (fixed-width) or proportional (variable-width), then how should this property of a font be called?
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Trying to create a decent semi-flat design. Failing [closed]

We hit a snag in our project: We've only got a few weeks till launch and the designer who was to make a skin for our product has not delivered the (very) goods. I took a stab at creating a skin for ...
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How can I make these links more obvious to click on?

I'm working on a website redesign for a dental laboratory. While testing the home page with a user, they never clicked on the links in the subnavigation. They clicked on the larger buttons in the ...
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Slanted cursor+background for italic text?

In most applications that I'm familiar with, a text cursor in insertion mode is universally represented as a vertical blinking bar: As you can see, for some italic letters this creates visual ...
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Truly cross-browser/cross-platform font-rendering web embedded fonts? Does it all come to images? [closed]

I've spent eons diving into @font-face issues for RTL languages, font-rendering on different browsers, PDF support, and so on. My objective is to have CSS-compatible Arabic (a RTL language) text on ...
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Is there a unified font size metric across all applications?

This is not precisely UX related, but very important to user interface design in general. In summary, across applications (Photoshop, Dreamweaver, Flash) and platforms (Browsers, .NET, Mac, ...
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Any usability studies of the readability of Open Sans?

I like the look of Open Sans, but I've heard anecdotes of people having trouble reading it. For example on the Wordpress post about it, most are praising it, but a few people are quite negative: ...
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Should both bold and italics be allowed in electronic flashcards?

When people create electronic flashcards, is there a valid need for them to have markdown for both bold and italics? This is a question that I have been debating with some colleagues for a while now ...
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Choosing a font for text [closed]

I am trying to decide on fonts to use for my website. While I do this I need a easier way to choose between fonts. And I need to see how my title, menu items look in the fonts I choose. I am looking ...
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Web-safe fonts: do Apple devices ship with Arial?

Currently my font stack is "HelveticaNeue-Light","Helvetica Neue Light","Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,"Lucida Grande",sans-serif. The issue I'm having is that some of my images/buttons with text ...
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Alternatives to underlining an email address to signify MS Outlook “Check Names” feature

MS Outlook has a feature called Check Names that converts an email address to a full name, underlines it, and makes it uneditable (aside from deleting the resolved name). Some of my font enthusiasts ...
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How do I determine which font a website is using? [closed]

I'm often curious to know what font a website is using. Using the inspector in Chrome or Safari I can easily identify the font-family style being applied, but that gives a list of fonts with no ...
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Allow users to change fonts for increased reability

Looking to see if anyone has found any recommendations/best practices on allowing users to toggle different font-types. Particularly the ability to toggle between standard font-sets and one designed ...