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United States navy ditches ALL CAPS message format
Commented on Friday, 21 June 2013 - 11:17am

Peter, would you predict that a lowercase string kernel nucleus is easier to recognize in the presence of a string kernel than on its own: in your example, the a is easier to recognize between h and t than a lowercase a...

Eye-Tracking Measures Provide a “Metrics of Readability”
Commented on Monday, 10 June 2013 - 11:51am

The question being addressed in this paper is what happens to the process of reading when you change the amount of space between letters, and when you change the amount of space between words. Eye tracking lets us see if these manipulations change the...

Eye-Tracking Measures Provide a “Metrics of Readability”
Commented on Monday, 10 June 2013 - 6:19pm

There are many interesting ideas for further study here. Peter, I too am interested in having a metric for evaluating the evenness of spacing within a typeface, though have not been satisfied with anything I’ve seen yet.

It is not the goal of...

Eye-Tracking Measures Provide a “Metrics of Readability”
Commented on Monday, 10 June 2013 - 7:05pm

Chris, by degradations, I assume that you mean that all of the above would happen: fixation times would increase, forward saccades would get shorter, and the number of backward saccades would increase. Do different things happen when the letters are...

Fonts for dyslexic readers
Commented on Wednesday, 17 October 2012 - 10:44am

What is your evidence for this?

Fonts for dyslexic readers
Commented on Thursday, 18 October 2012 - 9:23am

David, I have a great interest in understanding what can be done to help dyslexic readers. I would like to understand your thoughts on the topic.

Eye article on Readability/Legibility
Commented on Tuesday, 3 July 2012 - 8:03pm

I was led to believe that it either meant recognizing words on the basis of an envelope that went around the word, or a pattern of ascenders or descenders. Perhaps I didn't probe hard enough in such conversations and I missed out on something.

Eye article on Readability/Legibility
Commented on Monday, 2 July 2012 - 2:38pm

> Kevin has addressed an issue that doesn’t exist.

I wish that were true. I’ve been told by many typographers that we recognize words by simple word shape, and the idea frequently appears in typography texts. I’m not terribly interested in...

Eye article on Readability/Legibility
Commented on Tuesday, 3 July 2012 - 5:31pm

John writes: "And I'm not sure that any typographer's concept of a simple word shape corresponds at all to the kind of boxes around the outside of letters that seem to be the interpretation of the phrase illustrated by the psychologists.”...

Announcing Missink – a new ink saving font
Commented on Monday, 2 April 2012 - 5:15pm

Ruddi, a message to you Ruudi,
I’m a fan of the Gosselin work on which this is based, and I think this is a very promising first attempt on using that data. Your font is missing the low frequency information that is adding the location of the...

Differences distract from reading - True or not ?
Commented on Thursday, 29 March 2012 - 5:25pm

John: Can anyone point to empirical evidence that making letters less individually recognizable ever results in improved word recognition?

As has been hinted at, there is empirical evidence that individual letters are recognized more accurately...

Differences distract from reading - True or not ?
Commented on Friday, 30 March 2012 - 4:58pm

I haven’t quickly found a reference showing that letters are more accurately recognized in time and distance threshold tasks with more space between them. I suspect that Bouwhuis & Bouma first showed this and that Pelli has shown this in his...

Differences distract from reading - True or not ?
Commented on Friday, 30 March 2012 - 5:09pm

Again, I agree with John that I believe that word recognition will generally follow letter recognition. Easy to recognize letters will lead to easy to recognize words.

But in the interest adding meat to those that disagree, Arnold Wilkins has...

Differences distract from reading - True or not ?
Commented on Friday, 30 March 2012 - 9:21pm

John about the Wilkins paper: "From this and the illustration, it looks as if spacing is being changed, not shapes, but maybe I'm misunderstanding."

I see distortions of the letter shapes here. They look like they are being horizontally...

Microsoft ART team Job Position
Commented on Saturday, 3 March 2012 - 3:47pm

> This would involve making variants of a typeface and testing which reads best.
This paper by Professor Beier does exactly that:...

Microsoft ART team Job Position
Commented on Saturday, 3 March 2012 - 1:15pm

We've changed the job title to Leading Type Expert.

personality of type...
Commented on Wednesday, 21 September 2011 - 8:45am

These articles were part of Dawn Shaikh's dissertation research:
http://www.surl.org/usabilitynews/112/typeface.asp
http...

properties of human visual processing play a dominant role in constraining the distribution of print sizes in common use
Commented on Tuesday, 16 August 2011 - 2:07pm

Nick, and everyone else interested in psychology, I strongly recommend reading Keith Stanovich’s book How to think straight about psychology. It is a fantastic, easy-to-read book that can answer many of the questions you ask here. I think it...

properties of human visual processing play a dominant role in constraining the distribution of print sizes in common use
Commented on Tuesday, 16 August 2011 - 2:12pm

Bill, I hope you will read Sofie and my paper on letter recognition. I think it’s a really great collaboration between typographer and psychologist. Though at this point, I think Sofie could rightly claim to be both. A common critique of studies...

properties of human visual processing play a dominant role in constraining the distribution of print sizes in common use
Commented on Tuesday, 16 August 2011 - 3:21pm

Nick, I see that you have taken offense at my recommendation. I can assure you that I did not mean anything derogatory by a 101 level book. I used 101 to mean a great starting place. I believe that was the first book that I asked Sofie to read as her...

Typeface for dyslexics
Commented on Monday, 1 August 2011 - 8:31am

The study report including a full description of the data can be found here:
http://www.ilo.gw.utwente.nl/ilo/attachments/032_Masterthesis_Leeuw.pdf

I...

Typeface for dyslexics
Commented on Monday, 1 August 2011 - 8:35am

I have a serious question. What is the appropriate comparison if a future developer of a typeface for dyslexic readers wants to demonstrate the typeface’s effectiveness? Arial seems like a reasonable choice since, I believe, it is recommended by some...

Typeface for dyslexics
Commented on Friday, 5 August 2011 - 5:27pm

Correct, I don’t think there was anything wrong with the data analysis or much of anything in the study report. It’s clear from the report that they didn’t find reliable differences between the two tested fonts.

Christopher, some of the data...

the natural form of reading
Commented on Thursday, 7 April 2011 - 1:56pm

> In what other subjects is 50-year old research relevant today?

One of the great features of scientific experiments is that you expect that a study rerun today would have the same results as 50 or 100 years ago. I expect this to be...

the natural form of reading
Commented on Thursday, 7 April 2011 - 1:59pm

> For example the fact that the retina's acuity is more horizontal than vertical (probably because during evolution dangers came from the side much more than from above or below) means reading vertical text is slower.

Hrant, as you...