[Athen] Text readability: can you tell the difference between "rn" and "m"?

Susan Kelmer Susan.Kelmer at colorado.edu
Wed Jan 24 10:36:38 PST 2018

Personally, I default to a serif font. There are mixed opinions about whether sans or serif is better, but for general readability, serif works better (and there's a logical reason for that - it leads the eyes). Serif fonts RARELY show this issue with rn or other combined characters. But most sans fonts have some issues in this area.

This is also why it's important for us to be providing documents that people can change to their liking, whenever possible. A word file - you can always change the font if you don't like it. PDF, not so much.

Just my 2 cents.

Susan Kelmer
Alternate Format Production Program Manager
Disability Services
University of Colorado Boulder

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