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20 Post author: Larks 26 February 2012 02:34PM

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Comment author: kilobug 27 February 2012 10:42:00AM 1 point [-]

That may be a silly comment, or a OS issue, but I find the font on that blog very painful to read. Why can't people stick with standard fonts on their web site ?

Comment author: Arepo 27 February 2012 11:24:46AM 1 point [-]

We've been experimenting a bit with the font. A bit of Googling failed to yield any scientific data on what font types people prefer, though there's a fair bit on font size. Sounds like a new test is in order, though... (incidentally, if you or anyone else reading this happen to know of any decent studies on fonts for reading online, I'd be keen to see it).

Comment author: Vladimir_Nesov 27 February 2012 12:09:50PM 1 point [-]

Since the topic came up: The font seems fine to me, but the distance between lines in a paragraph seems too big, harder to parse the text into "chunks".

Comment author: kilobug 27 February 2012 03:53:11PM 0 points [-]

Hum, no, I did see some studies about print fonts, but I don't remember any about screen fonts (the issues being slightly differents).

But at least for me, regularity is important in a font, if we take http://80000hours.org/blog/11-health-vs-education for example (which I found the content to be interesting), and the word 'donations' in the second line, it seems to me that the letters "d", "o" and "s" are bigger than the other letters, which make it feels a bit like DOnatiOnS and is painful/distracting to read.

Comment author: Larks 27 February 2012 02:25:50PM 0 points [-]

I agree with Nesov; the font is fine, but size and inter-line spacing mean I can only see ~130 words on my netbook's screen at a time.

Comment author: Arepo 28 February 2012 10:22:09AM 1 point [-]

We've changed it to a more standard font now. How's that?

Comment author: Larks 29 February 2012 12:57:18AM 0 points [-]

Much better!