[bksvol-discuss] Re: Bookshare Daisy files maintain Bolding, Font point sizes, Italics, and more

So should I be using Ariel 12 genrally instead of times roman? Does anyone use 
American Typewriter, which seems to look most like  a tyrpewriter? Or is the 
font too small?
Cindy

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--- On Sun, 11/8/09, Mayrie ReNae <mayrierenae@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> From: Mayrie ReNae <mayrierenae@xxxxxxxxx>
> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Bookshare Daisy files maintain Bolding, Font 
> point sizes, Italics, and more
> To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Date: Sunday, November 8, 2009, 8:39 PM
> Hi Monica,
> 
>     I think I can accurately answer your
> wondering as to why bookshare
> has chosen its standardized font as Ariel.  Ariel is a
> very, very simple
> font, It is most similar to the letters we learned in
> preschool as print
> letters.  They have few, if any flourishes to
> complicate the shape of the
> letters.  Let me give you an example.
> 
> A letter A (that is a capital letter A in print) in a very
> simple font looks
> like this: If you draw a line downward at a 30-ish angle
> from the point of
> origin down to the left, then put your pencil at the top of
> the same line
> and draw a line downward at a 30-ish degree angle to the
> right, then draw a
> horizontal line across the center of these two lines not
> going further left
> or right of these lines.  That is a capital letter A
> in a very simple font.
> In a more complicated font, at the bottom of each of
> the  two diagonal
> lines, there are lines drawn horizontally which excede the
> width of each
> line on both sides by a tiny bit.  This makes the
> letter look fancier.
> These fancier fonts are more difficult for partially
> sighted and learning
> disabled people to interpret accurately.  So,
> bookshare has chosen the
> simplest option possible to leave as little room for
> confusion as possible.
> 
> I'm sorry if my description of letters leaves a lot to be
> desired.  Am I
> making any sense?
> 
> Anyway, that's why bookshare chose the font that they did,
> I think, to make
> things as easy as possible to read for anyone reading them
> who has  a visual
> difficulty of any kind.
> 
> Sorry if I've just muddied the waters.
> 
> Mayrie
> 
>  
> 
> -----Original Message-----
> From: bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> [mailto:bksvol-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
> On Behalf Of Monica Willyard
> Sent: Sunday, November 08, 2009 8:19 PM
> To: bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: Bookshare Daisy files
> maintain Bolding, Font
> point sizes, Italics, and more
> 
> Thanks Judy. It's helpful to know where to focus. I thought
> the font face
> was retained from our rtf files and have been trying rather
> frantically to
> make sure the chapter font face stays consistent. In my
> current book, some
> scanned as Arial and others scanned as Times New Roman. The
> glossary is a
> table in an entirely different font, and I was about to
> type it in to make
> it behave.
> 
> I remember the staff discussing the issue with us last year
> because they
> wanted sighted users to be able to adjust fonts to a size
> and type that
> works best for them. I never looked at the style sheet to
> see what they had
> done with that. I assumed they used the font face from the
> book. I wonder
> why they chose Arial as the default. I know you probably
> don't know the
> answer. My mind is just wandering. I'm also somewhat amused
> at how I have
> talked for so long about something I will never understand.
> 
> 
> Oh how I wish they still sold Opticons. I'd buy one in an
> instant so I could
> physically touch/see books and the shapes of the letters.
> I'd tackle the
> book I have here just to see the difference between a
> normal letter and the
> version in italics. We had an itinerant teacher during
> second grade who had
> an Opticon. She taught me to use it for an hour each day
> and then left at
> the end of the year. I never got to spend time alone with
> it exploring the
> books I wanted to read... Hardy Boys adventures! :D I wish
> whoever owned the
> patent to the machine would sell it to someone who would
> make a new model.
> 
> 
> Monica Willyard
> "The best way to predict the future is to create it." --
> Peter Drucker
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