A new test of legibility

Mark Van Rossum

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This article describes a new method of measuring the legibility of text based on the reading process and the properties of the human eye. The new test is both more accurate and more objective than traditional tests. It has been used to test the legibility of a variety of typefaces including Gulliver, a new face designed by Dutch type designer Gerard Unger. The new legibility test also clarifies the importance of x-height and the function of serifs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)141-147
Number of pages7
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1997

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