On the noise immunity and legibility of Lucida fonts

Bowden, Paul R. and Brailsford, David F. (1989) On the noise immunity and legibility of Lucida fonts. In: Raster Imaging and Digital Typography (RIDT 89), 12-13 Oct 1989, Lausanne, Switzerland.

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Abstract

Modern digital typography often has to contend with output devices such as workstation screens and laser-printers which have a much lower resolution than metal type or phototypesetter machines. In this paper we present results of some legibility investigations in which volunteers were asked to read laser-printed and photocopied material produced in three different typefaces. Two of these faces were not designed with adverse imaging conditions in mind but the third, Lucida, had as one of its design aims that it should be robust and readable at low resolutions. Evidence is presented for Lucida’s enhanced legibility in noisy conditions when compared to the other two faces. However, the difficulties of devising suitable tests and the subjective nature of much of the evidence are also discussed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: Published in: Raster imaging and digital typography: proceedings of the international conference, Ecole polytechnique fédérale Lausanne, October 1989. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1989. ISBN: 052-137-490-1
Keywords: Times, Computer Modern, Lucida, Legibility, Fonts.
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham UK Campus > Faculty of Science > School of Computer Science
Depositing User: Brailsford, Prof David
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2015 23:23
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2016 20:55
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/28462

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