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Everyone has access to different fonts, but here is the "best" one[s] I just tried.

I am writing this from a 15" laptop at 1360x768 resolution. I have the Writer document viewing size marked at 100%.

I tried a number of fonts using 8 point font size.

The best font I have installed on my system is the DejaVu Sans family. The smallest shown was the Condensed version. 7 point started to blur a little on my screen, and 6 point was no good at all.

That said, when I printed the sample text using 6 point DejaVu Sans Condensed on a 1200dpi, it was clearly readable from 18 inches away.

I know others may have a different font that works best for them, but this is the font that I have installed that reads best at 6-8 points of size.

On 06/11/2017 10:51 AM, Ricardo wrote:
El 2017-06-10 19:18, charles meyer escribió:
Ahoy my esteemed and steamy mates,

I'm looking for your experienced suggestions of which font(s) have you
found to be most clearly legible?

The "ideal typeface" is one of those arguments in which you'll find as many answers (if not more) as people answering ;)

Here it is a somewhat random and clearly incomplete list of awesome typefaces with a F(L)OSS licence:

I love EBGaramond, but be aware that it has no bold nor bold italic (yet)

A really nice "old style" font full of OpenType magic is Cochineal

In fact, I can say that any font from Michael Sharpe is a Good Font. As an example, if you want to be able to print at low resolution but with good results you may try his fork of Bitstream Charter, xcharter

If you want a "Times better than Times" I highly recommend Libertinus, a fork of Linux Libertine/Biolinum

Another "times alike" font is Stix Two

A great, original font full of OpenType specialities is Vollkorn

and don't forget the TeX Gyre collection and the Latin Modern family, both from the GUST foundry

Have fun!


There are fonts you can see clearly even though they're in size 8 or
smaller or from a great distance.

I've noticed this as well on street signs. Some characters, even though
larger, are less legible because of style and not size than others.

I often use Bookman Old Style for that reason. I find Times New Roman
blends so it's less legible.

Anyone work ( or have a life partner, relative or fried) who works at an ad

Ad agencies go to great lengths in determining which font style and size to
use on consumer products as well as which colors are most alluring,
calming, friendly, inviting, etc.

Admittedly, there are personal preferences but there is also empirical
evidence gleaned from focus groups and studies re: which font styles/size
and colors affect people in what ways.

So, let's have our own focus group, shall we?!

What's your choice for most legible font style/size/color - and why?

Thank you - Merci- Gracias - Grazi - Domo!


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