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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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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Convention for serif font

In the design guidelines for Windows Phone, you are encouraged to use the font Segoe WP for the most of your UIs. Segoe WP is a sans-serif typeface. Is there a convention or guideline for which serif ...
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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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Why not use san-serif fonts on print design?

It's better to use san-serif than serif fonts on web, as their simpler letter form remain readable at low resolution. Serif fonts need more pixels to display their extra details. I was wondering why I ...
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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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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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“Best practice” font for information heavy web applications

We run a B2B, information dense web application (a helpdesk) and our base font is currently 13px Helvetica Neue",Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif We've been thinking about using a webfont to improve this. ...
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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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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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Why is 13px Arial font the web standard?

If you use any of Google's applications, from search to Gmail you will find the base font used for most things is 13px Arial. font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; ...
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What is the best font for extremely limited space, i.e. will fit the most READABLE text in the smallest space?

I often have very limited space when creating reports and dashboards for users. I usually use Arial, or Arial Narrow, but UI isn't my area of expertise, so I want to know, is there an optimal font for ...
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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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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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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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How annoying is it to see your native language rendered with no accents?

I'm localizing my iOS app. All of the screen text, though, is rendered in a handwriting font made by our designer... that contains no special characters. (Yeah, roll your eyes. Go for it.) As I'm now ...
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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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Should headings always use the same font as the body?

I'm working on some of the layout for a User Handbook and right now my main concern is fonts. I'm trying to decide whether to use the same font for the body text and the headings. If I use different ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is using the alt-attribute for text-as-graphics ok?

There are several ways to present text on your web page in exactly the font your designer decided; as an image, a flash hack, some javascript hack, dynamic fonts. But to this day, the only thing that ...
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Number of Fonts per Design

I'm working on a website and wondering at what point I'm using too many fonts and need to cut back. Right now, I have a handwritten font (HF1) that is being used for the site name, a quite different ...
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Table usability/Readable font for a data table

What's the best font for a data table? Monospace is good but takes up more room, so you can't have as much whitespace between the items. Similarly, what are some good usability principles for data ...
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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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When displaying statistics to a user, is it better to bold the data or the label?

The following picture shows some statistics. Here they bold the data, not the label. Which is better? Does it depend on the information being shown? What if you have a header on a report with some ...
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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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Accessibility and the use of font characters for icons

It seems to be a trend for the moment to embed custom web dingbat fonts and use them as icons on web pages. But isn't it true that a screen reader will read those characters out loud? So when it for ...
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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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How do I explain correct usage of the MS Comic Sans font to a client?

I have a client who wants to use comic sans ms for lots of things on a website I'm doing for him. How can I explain that comic sans ms is so bad? He's fairly easily persuaded, I think I just need the ...
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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 ...