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December 11, 2004



I did like how the official guide declares that serif fonts are required for a body of a brief for reasons the "painting with print" article pretty much dismiss as speculative. It is also interesting to note that the "x height" of Arial, for example, is higher than that of Times New Roman.

I'm a bit "up in the air" on this. Sometimes sans serif fonts seem much easier to read than serif fonts, at least for documents printed on 8-1/2 x 11 paper (and, in my opinion, due to the x height), although I do agree that if you're printing books with their narrower columns or pages and 11-point font size a serif font is the way to go. I would suggest that lawyers who are still using Courier need to get with the times... (or, if you prefer, to at least get with the Times New Roman).


Those little serifs make it easier to distinguish one letter from the other. Write "Illustration" in Arial, and notice that the capital "I" and lower-case "L" are indistinguishable. That may be what makes serif fonts more legible.

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