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    Re: diy pocket editions
    From: Bill B
    Date: 2013 Jan 12, 16:39 -0500

    On 1/12/2013 4:15 PM, Andrew Nikitin wrote:
    > ...Calibri (new default Microsoft sans serif font) looks decent at 6 pt,
    > but I wonder if there are any fonts that were specifically designed to
    > look good in small sizes? Any suggestions?
    
    Serif fonts are more readable than sans serif. Period.
    
    Another factor is "x height." That is the relationship between a lower
    case letter and an upper case letter. Two "fonts" may be the same point
    size, but the lower-case letters may vary in height.
    
    Fonts from different time periods also have a different ratios between
    the thick and thin strokes in a letterform. This can affect readability.
    
    You could also consider increasing leading (the space between lines) or
    spacing (kerning) between letters for increased readability.
    
    Of course larger lower case letters, increased leading or spacing will
    take more area for the same text.
    
    You may also experiment with reducing leading, spacing, and slightly
    compress the fonts (90% to 95%) while sticking with a larger x-height.
    engage in some directed play to find what works best for your eyes.
    
    At 6 point, most of us on the far side of middle age will need strong
    reading glasses or a magnifier to read it anyway ;-)
    
    Bill B
    
    
    
    
    

       
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