Is there research on "text" metrics for Usability?

27 Sep 2010 - 2:14am
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Sachin Ghodke
2008

 

I have been posed with a different challenge –

 

Problem: To understand the correct usage of font in terms of its face, size and style for long paragraphs of text on the web.

 

I have been struggling with this dichotomy of big or small font size for a while now, and after reading Text is more important than images on the Web by Gerry McGovern, it lead me to believe that font sizes for important paragraph text does not matter if they are small. This post however, does not completely provide you with a dynamics of the font type, size or style that would further make the experience pleasing.

 

I wanted to know if anyone knows of research done within this micro usability feature of fonts and typefaces? If no, can anyone shed light on what determinate factors affect this problem? 

 

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27 Sep 2010 - 7:05am
William Hudson
2009

Font size will affect line length, which in turn will affect reading speed (see http://surl.org/usabilitynews/72/LineLength.asp). Also longer lines need greater vertical space to prevent readers skipping forward or back in the text.

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-----Original Message----- From: ixdaor@host.ixda.org [mailto:ixdaor@host.ixda.org] On Behalf Of Sachin Ghodke Sent: 27 September 2010 10:08 To: William Hudson Subject: [IxDA] Is there research on "text" metrics for Usability?

 

I have been posed with a different challenge –

 

Problem: To understand the correct usage of font in terms of its face, size and style for long paragraphs of text on the web.

 

I have been struggling with this dichotomy of big or small font size for a while now, and after reading Text is more important than images on the Web by /Gerry McGovern/, it lead me to believe that font sizes for important paragraph text does not matter if they are small.
This post however, does not completely provide you with a dynamics of the font type, size or style that would further make the experience pleasing.

 

I wanted to know if anyone knows of research done within this micro usability feature of fonts and typefaces? If no, can anyone shed light on what determinate factors affect this problem? 

 

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