Thursday, December 15, 2005

The Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web

Does anyone else find the introduction to The Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web difficult to read? Small text size and serifs are a bad combination.


Blogger Al Udall said...

you may want to try it on a 140-150 dpi screen (like I did), it's not so bad a combination, really. On the other hand, I don't find anything really 'applicable', and I commented there:
” The advent of much improved browsers, text rendering and high resolution screens, combine to negate technology as an excuse.” What ‘high resolution screens were meant? 96 dpi? 100 dpi? 120 dpi? In my blog I argue that only the ‘advent’ of 200 dpi may bring a semblance of a TYPOGRAPHY class in rendering the text on computer screens. Or it better be 250–300 dpi screens. You say, CSS doesn’t know what kerning, hyphenation, justification is, or how they work, or anti-aliasing smears the difference between, say Adobe Garamond and Apple Garamond, then forget about ideals and styles of real typography. In any case, HTML/CSS looks like a dead end for rendering a readable, legible text. PDF? TeX? I don’t know. What I do know, there’s no ‘advent’ of anything to even touch ‘The Elements of Typographic Style’ yet. (though there were good 200 dpi LCD screens by IBM, Samsung couple years ago—for a price, yes)

(the blog mentioned is

11:46 PM  
Blogger Anthony Vatterott said...

Hey bob, couldn't get past the first three lines. Title needs to be an Impact or even Arial and body text def. needs to be sans serif.


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