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I need some practical advice on recommending a font for academic texts.
I'm giving a workshop to my students on using open source software to write their thesis, in the hope that they will abandon Word, perhaps for OpenOffice, or better yet Lyx. I will introduce basic typographic concepts, but work within practical limits.
All of the students currently use the default TNR 12pt to set text on a US letter page. I'm wondering what I should recommend that they consider instead. (They won't pay a dime for a font). Palatino? Charter? Lido? Computer modern? The choice should be pragmatic.