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Written by Luc Devroye
McGill University
Montreal, Canada
lucdevroye@gmail.com
http://luc.devroye.org
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In Typography for Lawyers, Matthew Butterick argues that system fonts present three problems in print. I quote:

  • Many system fonts are not very good. This is less of a problem on the Mac. But some of the Win­dows sys­tem fonts are among the most awful on the planI won't name names, bt my least favorite rhymes with Barial.
  • Many system fonts have been optimized for screen legibility, not print. This legibility comes at the cost of design details, which have been sanded off because they don't reproduce well on screen (e.g., Georgia, Verdana, Cambria, and Calibri). Screen-optimized fonts look clunky on the printed page.
  • All system fonts are overexposed. Because these fonts are included with millions of computers, they are used all the time.

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Luc Devroye ⦿ School of Computer Science ⦿ McGill University Montreal, Canada H3A 2K6 ⦿ lucdevroye@gmail.com ⦿ http://luc.devroye.org ⦿ http://luc.devroye.org/fonts.html