Posts Tagged ‘Readability’

05Feb

Legibility: Print vs. Electronic Media

Legibility

Photo by: Isaías Loaiza

If the point of readability in typography is to improve the visual flow of words, thus providing a smoother reading experience overall, ligatures can improve this flow by eliminating the problem of letter crashes and obtrusive spacing between letters to avoid the same, as in the case of ff, fl, and fi ligatures, making words containing these letter combinations simultaneously more legible and readable.

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05Jun

Font Readability and Legibility

Although the two terms are often used interchangeably, readability and legibility are actually two quite different terms. Readability pertains to how easily words, sentences, and entire blocks of texts can be read by the average reader. The more readable a text is, the less energy someone has to expend while reading. Legibility, on the other hand, is a measure of how easy it is for the reader to distinguish one letter or character in a text from another. More legible fonts usually have higher x-heights, which is a topic that will be discussed later on.
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