Re: beautiful font

Discussion in 'HTML' started by Jukka K. Korpela, Nov 23, 2010.

  1. heretic wrote:

    > Segoe UI
    >
    > I love it!
    >
    > Any comments - pro & cons?


    Segoe UI has many nice features, but as its name suggests, and
    http://www.microsoft.com/typography/fontinfo/en/
    briefly explains, it's a User Interface font - for button texts, navigation
    menus, short messages, text input boxes, things like that. It's probably too
    simplistic for copy text, and when bolded, it gets very bold, which means
    that it isn't that great for headings either. Problems of emphasis are
    increased by the nature of italic variant: it is admittedly a true italic
    (e.g., italic "a" is of a different design than normal "a"), not oblique or
    slanted, but it is not really different from normal text in a manner that
    makes it appear highlighted.

    It's designed with ClearType smoothing mind, and it may get ugly without
    such smoothing, e.g. in old systems, especially in sizes > 10pt. And on the
    Web, you can't control what font rendering features are in use.

    Typographic design issues include poorly designed quotation marks that look
    like inch signs, not curly quotes, and left and right quotation mark are
    almost identical. Similarly for single quotation marks. Some diacritic marks
    (like acute and grave) are horizontally somewhat oddly positioned (not
    visually on the vertical midline of a character). The en dash is often too
    close to adjacent characters. The euro sign looks rather awful, with the
    horizontal strokes too far from each other; then again, the euro sign in
    general is a typographic nightmare.

    On the positive side, 0 (zero) and O (capital letter o) are very different,
    and so are 1 (one) and l (lowercase letter l) and I (capital letter i). This
    is good e.g. when displaying or entering a code, like a user id or product
    code.

    --
    Yucca, http://www.cs.tut.fi/~jkorpela/
    Jukka K. Korpela, Nov 23, 2010
    #1
    1. Advertising

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

It takes just 2 minutes to sign up (and it's free!). Just click the sign up button to choose a username and then you can ask your own questions on the forum.
Similar Threads
  1. Karl Hungus

    Font class, external font files question

    Karl Hungus, Feb 4, 2004, in forum: ASP .Net
    Replies:
    1
    Views:
    513
    Karl Hungus
    Feb 4, 2004
  2. =?Utf-8?B?Tmlja3k=?=
    Replies:
    2
    Views:
    692
    Matt Berther
    Feb 20, 2005
  3. Michael Glavitsch
    Replies:
    1
    Views:
    744
    Roedy Green
    Jul 15, 2003
  4. Nick Spinel
    Replies:
    0
    Views:
    919
    Nick Spinel
    Jul 25, 2003
  5. mttc
    Replies:
    2
    Views:
    2,367
    Roedy Green
    Jul 3, 2009
Loading...

Share This Page