Font Improvement

I write all my papers, letters, and exams using the typeface Times New Roman.  As a lunch-table discussion here in England revealed, the University insists on certain typefaces that are dyslexia-friendly, particularly Arial, Trebuchet, and Verdana.  It costs me or any other faculty member nothing to use one of these on exams; non-dyslexic students are not harmed by them, and dyslexic students are better off.  Henceforth, no more Times New Roman on tests — mine will all be in Arial.  A clear Pareto improvement. (HT: MS)

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  1. Grant says:

    Times New Roman is not classy, it is sophomoric. It was designed for newspapers, to squish as much text as possible into as little space as possible. It just so happens to have been a choice for the default font for word for many years, but that’s no reason to use it—it was a poor choice on their part.

    The fonts used in books (Garamond, for example) are more reasonable choices for a serif font. Book fonts were designed to look good and read well. Writing in Times New Roman in cases where saving space is not critical immediately sets you apart as a neophyte.

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  2. Chef JoAnna says:

    It’s been proven that Comic Sans is actually more legible than any of those others mentioned. Moreover, there are special typefaces designed just for increased legibility for dyslexics. One of these is called LEXIA

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  3. Enter your name... says:

    If you’re going to use a sans serif font on your tests, you might keep in mind that Arial is optimized to display cleanly on a computer screen, at the expense of looking slightly clunky on paper. On paper, you want Helvetica, which is the source for Arial (but designed before computer screens were displaying fancy fonts, and so optimized for paper).

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  4. Janice Hartgrove-Freile says:

    I’m glad to see that Arial and the others have been recognized as dyslexia-friendly. I’ve been using Arial for years. The lack of tails and varying widths in letters is easier for everyone to read. Consider Calibri, also.

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  5. Petra Roos says:

    YIPPEE!!! I am dyslexic and I can tell you that things like type face make a big difference. I despise Times New Roman. It is so needless ornate and difficult to read. So thank you, thank you, thank you!!

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