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 Wish List (i.e., books wanted added to the collection) and books-being-scanned list available at sites below Wish List: https://wiki.benetech.org/display/BSO/Bookshare+Wish+List Books Being Scanned List: https://wiki.benetech.org/display/BSO/Books+Being+Scanned+List --- 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 > > To unsubscribe from this list send a blank Email to > bksvol-discuss-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx > put the word 'unsubscribe' by itself in the subject > line. 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