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November 1st, 2006
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Fontfest
Tell me: what is your favorite font, free or commercial, for extended reading off the computer screen?

if all you want to say is "I don't do extended reading off the computer screen", this question is not directed at you.

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From:dorable
Date:November 1st, 2006 09:38 pm (UTC)
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Easy: 10pt Verdana for English, 11pt Arial for Hebrew (no, I'm not very original).
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From:jspoons
Date:November 1st, 2006 10:26 pm (UTC)
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Same here, though I can tolerate Arial in English too. Never Times New Roman or Frank Ruehl. Or anything too seriffed. Headache.
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From:morin
Date:November 1st, 2006 10:21 pm (UTC)
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I don't have an English one, though if it bothers me a lot I print/cut & paste to a text editor and change the font; Hebrew font was always Frankruhel, no smaller than 12.
Most anything is okay if it's big enough.
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From:orlop
Date:November 2nd, 2006 12:14 pm (UTC)
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I never really had to give it much thought but I would say Arial...because for extended reading you need simplicity and not fancy schmancy...sometimes I have a think for courrier [sp?]
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From:arnulf
Date:November 2nd, 2006 03:41 pm (UTC)
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The default Linux terminal gives, IMO, the best reading experience - big, clear font, white on black, without flicker or distractions.

X-terminally, I usually go with '/usr/bin/xterm -u8 -bg "#000000" -fg "#eecc44" -fa "courier new:size=14:bold"' - it's far from the optimum for Hebrew, but I rarely read anything but English on the terminal.
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From:themoniker
Date:November 2nd, 2006 06:46 pm (UTC)
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Just to give an alternate view: Suzie, who used to put out her eyes with a screen for a living, insisted on Levenim MT for everything.
I like Arial for Hebrew; David is also pretty good (it's wider and friendlier than the other Hebrew serifs). For English, I'm partial to some softer serif than Times New Roman, like Bookman whatever or Georgia. Tahoma and Verdana are pleasant too.
And when I want to feel all macho-writer-ish (without bothering to walk the walk I switch to Courier New. Because all the good stuff in the 20th century was written in and edited as typewriter output.
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