About fonts and stuff (mostly fonts)

So, I’ve had a comment regarding the poor choice of font for my posts. I don’t know if the guy was serious or not; he’s old, he’s a foreigner, and he lives at the bottom of the world. FSM knows what they do down there. I hear they have a thing for Barbie. Weird. 

Besides, he himself at one time had a yellow font on a brown background. He’s still playing around with themes and fonts, so who knows what he’ll come up with next.

Me? This is the original theme I picked and like a great pair of underwear, it’s only gotten more comfortable with age.

But, perhaps he has a point about the font. Font choice is often dictated by the type of reading that’s expected and the material that is presented. Words, lots of words, expressing ideas and concept generally require a font that’s easy on the eyes. It aids in word recognition and people won’t get tired reading it. Font color also matters. For instance, this is likely difficult to read regardless of the font. 

But, assuming I won’t use yellow on brown, we’re left with deciding on the font.What you see right now if the default font for the 2010 Theme (the theme of this blog, meaning, the arrangement of the various elements making up this page).

(it has been changed to sans serif) This is a Serif font, meaning it has the little curlicues adorning each letter. Typically, this kind of font is the preferred font when reading books and magazines. It’s also my preferred font because there is no chance of confusing l and I and 1.  

However, conventional wisdom has it that a Sans-Serif font is easier to read on a backlit screen. I happen to prefer this font to a San-Serif font but — in deference to conventional wisdom — I’ve been using a Sans-Serif font, specifically JAF Facit.   

It’s a fairly large font and I chose it because older people (my typical readers) should find it easier to read. It’s also a heftier font, so fewer words per line. Also, because of how it looks and its size, I had determined that a Navy blue color improved visibility. 

This font doesn’t really gain anything from changing the color to a Navy blue. At one time, I used to favor plain blue. I still think it’s nice, but for this font and many others, there’s no advantage to using it. I like maroon as a color, but that’s supposed to make everyone edgy and I figure that’s the job of my words, not of the font color.

Going forward, I’ll probably stick to black and see if someone else with nothing better to worry about has a problem with it. I kid. If you have a color preference feel free to express it. The choices are Navy Blue or Black. 

But, back to the font . . . with or without the fancy stuff? Any opinions? Leave comments below. 

Also, here’s the thing . . . when I change the font, it changes it for all the posts, going all the way back to March of 2010. Back then, I used to embed photos in the text. Changing fonts will change how those posts are formatted. 

It does mean that as many as the first few years worth of posts might look odd. Eh, I won’t worry about it. People don’t even read this stuff, let alone go back seven years to see the measure of my brilliance back then. 

Here’s an example of the two fonts.

That’s a screen capture so it’s not very good, but it gives you an idea. If Verdana was available as a choice, I would probably use it. 

Again, if you have an opinion, feel free to express it below. If not, don’t worry about it. I’ll be trying different fonts over the next few days. 

Oh, here are a few photos for you brave reader who made it all the way down here.

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