Tuesday, March 15, 2005

User-Friendly Typefaces

Anne Van Wagener reports in today's Design Desk at PoynterOnline that Microsoft will ship six new typefaces specifically designed for on-screen reading beginning in 2006.

Oddly, you can't yet view these typefaces at Microsoft's Web site. (Linking to the appropriate ClearType Font Collection page yields only a "coming to a screen near you" teaser.) They're only available thus far in a promotional booklet, "Now Read This."

Happily, Van Wagener's column includes scans (and discussions) of the two serif, three sans serif and one monospaced fonts—and I have to say they look great. While the jury will be out until we can get a chance to see copy set in the new faces, any improvement in on-screen readability is very welcome.

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