I have a pet peeve that I need to get off my chest. I call it the “graying of the internet.” Here are some examples:
> Website designers are fond of using sans serif fonts in smaller sizes and 50% black — in other words gray! Here is an extreme example from one such website:
Why would anyone create a website, then make it hard to read?
> The default font for many email programs such as Outlook, which I use, is 11 pt. Calibri, which looks like this:
At least it is black, not gray, and it looks big enough. On a computer screen, however, there’s no need for type to be so small. I changed the default on my outgoing emails to 14 pt. Georgia, the most readable serif font.
> The default font on the iPhone can be made more readable. Under Settings, click General, then Accessibility.
I’ve created a web page, www.ReadabilityYes.info, with instructions for changing the default font on four popular email programs — Gmail, Microsoft Outlook, AOL and Mail.