Re: Font Choices

Subject: Re: Font Choices
From: John David Hickey <jdavid -at- FARABI -dot- COM>
Date: Tue, 3 Nov 1998 16:00:15 -0500


> What font formats (font, size, effects, etc.) do you use for body text? =
> headings? chapter titles? call-outs? on-screen text? How many different =
> fonts are you using on a page?

I usually only use two types of fonts in a document. I find if you use too
many fonts, the reader's eye doesn't know where to go. I just layed out a
publicity flyer for a local storyteller and we had a long discussion on the
number of fonts she used in her previous flyers (she had a different font
for each line, and some pretty wild ones at that). I managed to talk her
down to three fonts, although two were similar.

But I digress...

For Body Text, I use either Times Roman or Book Antigua for the bulk of the
text. To highlight terms or GUI item names, I apply a character style of
Bold Arial.

For Chapter titles, I use varying sizes of Serif (Times Roman/Book Antigua)
or Sans-Serif (Arial).

My rule of thumb for using Serif or Sans Serif fonts is:
* If there's a lot of text, go Serif.
* If it's only a bit of text (like a title or a term), go Sans Serif.

Of course, all that change if you're talking online documentation. But I
think you were referring to printed docs, right?

Be seeing you,

John David Hickey (jdavid -at- farabi -dot- com)

Lone Writer at Farabi Technology Corp. (Montreal, Quebec)

They say the pen is mighter than the sword.
But if you miss a deadline, you'd better bring the sword.
Do not confuse my opinons with my employer's.
Each exists in blissful ignorance of the other.

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