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From: "Kith-n-Kin" <>
Subject: RE: [TMG] re: pixels and font-size
Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2004 14:46:37 -0700
In-Reply-To: <00b001c42328$031f1850$6401a8c0@charliexv>

Just did the "Clear Type" display! What a difference.

Thanks for the tip.

Pat (in Tucson)

-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Byram [mailto:]
Sent: Thursday, April 15, 2004 13:27
Subject: Re: [TMG] re: pixels and font-size

This is my response to a discussion on the SS list that Ed just referred to.

> I've "always" used 800 x 600
> screen resolution. To me, reading what's on the screen is more
> important than cramming as much as possible on the screen.

This comment expresses a commom misperception about screen readability and
display resolution. The higher the resolution, the more pixels are available
to form characters. Well-formed characters are much easier to read and
easier on your vision mechanisms. The trick is to use as high a resolution
as your display hardware will accomodate and then increase the text size
until you are comforatble with it. You will find that the same sized text is
much easier to read on a high resolution screen than on a low resolution

Just because you set your screen resolution to something like 1280x1024 does
not mean that icons and text must be tiny and difficult to use and read. All
of the properties of the Windows desktop and character sizes on the desktop
and in more capable programs such as MS Office and TMG5 can be adjusted to
deal with the user's vision requirements. In addition, if you are using an
LCD monitor and WinXP, you should enable ClearType (Display Properties /
Effects / Use the following method to smooth edges of screen fonts).


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