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William Adams <[log in to unmask]>
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Tue, 5 Aug 2003 08:34:56 -0400
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Antonio said:
> On the last page of the manual psnfss2e.pdf there is
> the sample sentence:
>    'D'ont use Avant Garde for typesetting
>     larger portions of text!'.
> I absolutely don't agree with that!
> (The problem could be only the size of the font, like
> Helvetica, but that problem is solvable, as I suggest)

> It is sufficient to typeset just a page of text with
> the Avant Garde font, and to print it with a good printer,
> to convince oneself that the Avant Garde font is a very
> beautiful font.

> This is not only a personal opinion: there are lots of
> books typesetted with the Avant Garde font that you can
> buy in bookstores, at least in Italy, wehere I live.

It's a regional thing, and to my mind, a matter of what one is
accustomed to.

Books set in all sans serif are moderately common in Europe, somewhat
rare in the UK, fairly rare in Canada and pretty uncommon in the US.

The normal argument (Tinkel, et. al.) is that serifs aid readability by
guiding the eye along.

Familiarity seems far more likely, given that actual studies timing
reading rates are AFAIK, inconclusive.

It would be nice if the docs had a more international feel / flavour,
and took greater care of such sensibilities.


William Adams, publishing specialist
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