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Dead link. In 1996, as a joke, Peter Bilak of Typotheque proposed Euroface in variants called euroface 60mph, 80mph and 100mph. He mentioned an imaginary European road type project, to be implemented by 2005, and wrote: In 1994, the members of European Parliament urged the creation of a new comprehensive road typeface system, the development of a general high recognition and perception font, and recommended adoption of uniform design practices. Now, after five years of extensive research, the European Committee for Uniformity of Type Design and Type Safety completed the research and presented legible-for-all-purposes-suitable-typeface. The typeface, named Euroface, was developed and studied through extensive design exercises, laboratory investigation and road tests. The result is convincing: Euroface is 42% more legible than Helvetica at the speed higher than 80 km/h and at 120 km/h legibility reaches a value of 5 ISRU*. The Committee's recommendation were accepted and the adoption of the system in the EC countries should be completed by 2005. A Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices and Type Safety was published in 1999, thoroughly presenting the projects implication, possibilities and practical applications. The project allegedly used the legibility machine of Professor Morozov, and was headed by Professor E. Bügleichenhaus.

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