Preparing PPTs, Word docs, posters, reports, specs, writing blogs, mails. The list continues. When you come across these situations daily, do you wonder "Which font is the best? Should I use Book Antiqua or Trebuchet MS?" If yes, read on.
I like using the right fonts and hence found out more about legible and readable fonts from books, websites and experimentation. Here it goes.
The commonly used fonts (i.e. save some designer/cursive/script fonts) fall under one of two families: serif or sans serif. Serif fonts (ex: Typefaces like Garamond, Times, Baskerville) have bent or curved edges, which leads our eyes naturally to the next alphabet. They are the most readable fonts in print. Thats why you see that newspapers, magazines and books are printed in serif fonts. Sans serif fonts (ex: Typefaces like Arial, Verdana, Tahoma) have no curved edges and almost equally wide letters (like the one used here). There are other families however, but such fonts are generally not used for body text and used only for titles or in special cases.
P.S: I know that for this post, ideally font size should have been a little bigger but don't have a choice with this editor. If I modify the HTML code to increase text size, the spacing b/n lines becomes too less rendering it unreadable. :((