Fonts again

So I have a long post planned on why, again, I so much prefer manuscripts to be set in Courier New rather than in Times Roman. I’ll make it as soon as I can do so without ranting, which might yet be a while.

However, let’s start here: In which of these do you think it’s easier to see that the punctuation is a semicolon?

number;

or

number;

Really, I shouldn’t have to note any more than that, though I’m sure I will.

7 thoughts on “Fonts again”

  1. In which of these do you think it’s easier to see that the punctuation is a semicolon?

    number;

    or

    number;

    I admit that, having spent most of today writing Perl, I assume anything at the end of a line is a semicolon. This does not detract from the validity of your point. ;)

  2. That’s so interesting, because I find Courier practically impossible to read for any length of time.

    Then again, I do all my copy-editing onscreen, and in 14-point type. I think I would be a very, very bad hard-copy copy editor.

  3. I prefer Courier to Courier New. It’s bolder on screen and the spacing/line count doesn’t change between the two.

    That’s manuscript fonts, though, and my brain switches gears when I’m reading a book.

    Not sure how it will reconcile galleys.

  4. Courier Definately!

    I usually work in Courier New just because it’s easier to read. Some Dyslexic’s that I know swear by Arial, as the most friendly font for reading.

    It used to be you could tell windows to show you system fonts. The family programmer used to have everything set to one of those after spending 8 hours debugging only to find the problem was an o instead of Zero.

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