OVERVEIW
LEGIBILITY & READABILITY
LEADING, COLUMN WIDTH & TYPEFACE
WEB TYPOGRAPHY
CHARACTERISTICS OF TYPE
ON THE WEB
CONTENT, STRUCTURE & VISUAL RESULT
LEGIBILITY ON THE WEB
ALIGNMENT ON WEB PAGES
LINE LENGTH ON WEBSITES
TYPEFACES FOR THE WEB
Legibility & Readability

Good typographic design is the manipulation of type, graphics and space to produce the best combination of legibility, readability and suitability.

Legibility is vital. Anyone viewing a printed item must be able to easily see and recognise what is in front of them.

There is no point setting a leaflet intended for the elderly, in 6 point type, or technical instructions in an ornate typeface.

Readability is subtly different, this is ensuring the message in the text comes across to the reader with the least interference.

Too many words to a line can make it difficult to pick up the start of the next line.

In English, just about the most words we can comfortably handle per line is ten (or 60 characters), before we start skipping lines and disturbing our reading flow.

Advertising, however, allows considerably more freedom and experimentation.

Even so, don't go mad. Don't use ten different typefaces on one job. Use a family, ie: one or two, at most, typefaces with the related bold, regular, light or italic in a minimum of different sizes.
   
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