[texhax] book: Active Literature: Jan Tschichold and New Typography
Philip TAYLOR (Ret'd)
P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk
Thu Jan 8 14:40:27 CET 2009
Pierre MacKay wrote:
> [W]ould you really want to read even one volume of Gibbon in
> either? (I am of course assuming that <opinion class="personal">
> reading a volume of Gibbon is a desirable activity </opinion>, and that
> may not be entirely true).
Well, your original assertion was
> With modern screen resolutions, a decently restrained seriffed typeface
> will surpass any sans-serif for instant readability.
and so I was assuming the computer screen as the universe
of discourse. That being the case, I would not want to read
anything like one volume of Gibbons on-screen, in any font
If, on the other hand, you want to broaden the Univ. to "any medium",
then I would undoubtedly prefer to read long runs of text
/on paper/ in "a decently restrained serif typeface" rather
than attempt the same in a sans-serif font, but I didn't think
that was the point under discussion.
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