… avec la réponse d’un designer du groupe Nielsen/Norman ci-dessous:
“Well, any serious designer could have told you verdana would win. However, this study does not tell you many important factors, that affect legibility, such as leading (the space between the lines), if paragraphs were indented, if the text wraps, the number of characters per line, and so on. Also, they ignore many other factors that go into font choice and preference. For example, comics would be perceived as preferred over arial for certain types of content.
When a typographer designs a book, s/he takes into consideration the cultural aspects of the text and the typeface (not sacrificing legibility). This is hard to do on the web, since the ‘palette’ of fonts is limited. Still, circumstances and content can define user preference. You are not likely to appreciate an obituary written in comics…
Another issue is the fact that fonts on the web, unlike printed ones, are often actually a different font in different sizes ? meaning that in print, they would have not been considered the same font, since they are so different. So the ‘mean’, when it comes to a certain font, is meaningless. While in print, for continues, text, there is no doubt serifed fonts are more legible, it is not the case with screen fonts. The reason for this is the low resolution. The serifs on screen are the same width as the stroke of the letter, which adds noise instead of the clarity it adds in print. Another thing they say which I find ridicules, is the fact that people like certain fonts because they are familiar from print. The monitor aliased version of Times new roman, has little to do, visually, with its print origin.
So for now, sans serif fonts are more legible on screen as continues text. In the future, when monitor resolution resembles or matches that of print ? serif will rule again I wish they had a typographer involved. As usual, people who are not designers test design ? while being ignorant about design basics.
The monitor resolution they tested this on is questionable, since studies show that most users (more than %60) still have their monitor set to 800 x 600.
It would also be interesting to know whether people read continuous text on screen, or do they print it out (and the difference between adults and kids who grew up with computers). Then it becomes a whole different story.”
I am interested in hearing your thoughts!
User Experience Specialist
Nielsen Norman Group
Je vous invite à débattre!!!!!!