Reading is the significant part of learning and communication process. Through the rapidly growing technology, people started to spend more time to read on a screen than printed materials. As a result of increasingly use of screen; people conceived that reading long text from screen is often slower, more tiring and effortful than reading from paper. While reading from screen, the reading speed is about a 30% slower, the comprehension and understanding of the text goes down to a 50%. (Ferrari & Short, 2002)
Various rules for digital content adapted from printed media such as; font type, font size, spacing, length of the line and paragraph styles which effecting readability and legibility of content. Although, some of them are working for both; decisions about the font type should be considered again according to the characteristics of screen. In a study of on-screen fonts, researchers found that, the font types that were supposed to be most readable were Courier, Comic, Verdana, Times New Roman, Georgia. However; the test results showed that there was a significant difference between the readability of serif and sans serif font type of on-screen display. Another research findings suggest Verdana font type as a better choice in displaying long text for on-screen display. (Hojjati & Muniandy, 2014) To sum up, sans serif typefaces are more readable and legible on screen. Based on these results, this paper will analyze and introduce the characteristics of the best font choices for long text on screen display.
Ferrari, T. & Short, C. (2002). Legibility and readability.
Hojjati & Muniandy, Malaysia (2014). The Effects of Font Type and Spacing of Text for Online Readability and Performance