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Friday, September 11, 2015

Dyslexia and Typefaces

British Dyslexia Association. Typefaces for Dyslexia.

British Dyslexia Association (BDA) website:

Typefaces for dyslexia
Which typeface do you use? Why do you like it? Do please tell us.
This page shows more clearly in a Typefaces for dyslexia pdf file. (Thanks to the visitor who pointed out that the fonts needed to be embedded.)
The designers below found that dyslexic readers liked:
Good ascenders and descenders,
b, d, f, h, k, l, t, and all capitals; g, j, p, q, y.
b and d; p and q distinguished, not mirror images.
Different forms for capital I, lowercase l and digit 1.
Rounded g as in handwriting. Most liked rounded a, although perhaps some felt that it may be confused with o.
Letter-spacing, e.g. r, n together rn should not look like m,
(‘modern’ may scan as, or sound like, ‘modem’.)
We do not know whether any researchers have tested reading speed, accuracy or comprehension with different typefaces; nor whether they researched for screen or print presentation, apart from Sassoon and Barrington Stoke.

Related links: (Dyslexie Font) (The font that could help dyslexics read better. November 11, 2014) and (Good Fonts for Dyslexia – An Experimental Study. Auguts 22, 2013).

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