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Serif vs. Sans-Serif (17 posts)

  1. elise
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    My only criticism of WordPress thus far (and I plan on converting my blog from MT to WP as soon as 1.2 comes out), is that the UI (and this web site) is very Serif font oriented. Usability, education experts, and instructional designers all concur (in research and in practice) that sans-serif fonts are preferrable on the web because of the limitations of monitors. It is easier to quickly read and understand materials displayed in Verdana or Arial than a Times or Georgia font. Serif fonts are fine in graphics where they are more accurately displayed but in electronically displayed running text most people find them harder to read. This is the only major limitation I have seen with WP thus far. Is there any plan on switching over to a sans font or having a font switcher in the UI to allow it to be converted to a sans font for people who have difficulties reading serif fonts on the Web? This, as far as I can tell is the only real usability issue that I have noticed thus far.

  2. Jack
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I agree with you, therefore I modified the wp-admin.css file in the wp-admin folder to use verdana. :)

  3. elise
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I know it's changeable, but I don't think it should ship displaying serif fonts for accessibility reasons.

  4. Root
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    You could easily add a font switcher yourself. (if you wanted one)

  5. ByteWarrior
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    Maybe there could be some kind of styleswitcher specifically for the admin area. It would be neat if it was possible to change styles in the options window... :-)
    Maybe a style for each day of the week... ;-)

  6. scottb
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I would normally tend to ignore such debates. But as I am sitting here on my couch, reading this on my TV, I can strongly attest to the general difficulty of reading serif fonts as compared to sans.
    But as I use the wp-admin panel it seems easy enough to bump up the font size to make it clear.

  7. MaxT
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    so much from nothing... open css, edit to your likeness, save, enjoy... geez...

  8. Beel
    Member
    Posted 9 years ago #

    I see this thread going nowhere but south fast (and why is south bad by the way?) so maybe we should end it here. Elise's point about "shipping" with sans-serif is well taken. See ya'll in another thread...
    Southern (Good ol') Boy

  9. beaniecopter
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Newspapers and books are printed in a serif font because it is easier and thus less fatiguing to read. The LCD monitors of the present day have excellent resolution, and are inexpensive.

  10. shorty114
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    According to a study I read somewhere (can't find the link right now), Georgia is actually more readable than Verdana.

  11. Yngwin
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Most studies show that serif is more readable on paper and sans-serif is more readable on screen, at least in smaller and normal font sizes. Once you use big font sizes, serif becomes more readable again on screen as well.

    Another vote from me for WP shipping with a sans-serif for the default admin UI.

  12. rosendorf
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Here's a discussion on Blogdorf about serifs vs. sans serifs:
    http:// rosendorf.us/blogdorf/archive/2006/01/18/1456.aspx

    [Moderated - copy/paste will work]

  13. Kafkaesqui

    Posted 8 years ago #

    Gotta love that old move of resurrecting long dead threads to hawk ones site...

  14. rosendorf
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Yeah?

    Is the topic long dead too...?

  15. Kafkaesqui

    Posted 8 years ago #

    1. You obviously just registered on this site.
    2. You obviously registered just to reply to this thread.
    3. You obviously replied just to link to your site.

    Whether the topic is dead or not is obviously irrelevent.

  16. rosendorf
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    1. Yes
    2. Yes
    3. Yes

    I'd say the topic being dead or not is relevant to our conversation, since you mentioned the thread was long dead.
    I'd say the thread may be useful for someone doing research. Just because no one has posted to it in 3 months (ancient) doesn't mean it's not useful for someone doing research on subjects it touches on.
    This thread is being read by more people than myself since it came up on the first page in Google when I searched for "serif vs. sans serif".

    Good talking with you.

  17. Kafkaesqui

    Posted 8 years ago #

    Topic => not dead. Thread => was dead. You differentiated between thread and topic in your reply. I saw no reason not to do likewise.

    The thread was long (16 months) dead until last September, when there was a brief but fleeting sign of life. Then it returned to flatline. Until you came along.

    Someone doing research on this *topic* would be better served visiting a site which covers it in some depth (various links provided quickly thanks to Google) rather than a general discussion where users are providing personal opinion.

    That this thread came up first for you in a Google search is hardly the best of reasons to post to it. After all, that's what marketing spammers do, and no one wants to be known as a marketing spammer (not even most marketing spammers).

    Cheers!

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