[Edprof] Bigger type size

Gene Foreman gene.foreman at verizon.net
Mon Feb 25 16:32:59 PST 2008


I think it's a good decision by Dennis to increase the point size.
            However, I disagree with him that fonts and point sizes are
arcane terms today. A generation ago, yes. But most readers now are familiar
with fonts and point sizes, thanks to the computer. I remember first
learning the term font, which then was an arcane printer's term. When I got
to the classroom after retiring as an editor, I was impressed that students
used the term casually.
                                                  Gene
     

 

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From: edprof-bounces at editteach.org [mailto:edprof-bounces at editteach.org] On
Behalf Of Deborah Gump
Sent: Monday, February 25, 2008 5:22 PM
To: edprof
Subject: [Edprof] Bigger type size

 

Some of you may have read that the Indianapolis Star is increasing its type
size
(http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080224/COLUMNISTS07/80
2240333/1040/COLUMNISTS07).

If you, like me, read Dennis Ryerson's column online, you may be scratching
your head at this graph (added emphasis mine):

"I'll not bore you with the arcane world of fonts and point sizes and the
mechanical aspects of retrofitting our printing presses.
Here's the important information: Our new type will be the size of this and
the next sentence. I hope you will agree that it is a big improvement."

I'm kind of fond of arcane info, so I asked Dennis for details. Here's his
answer:

"We're now using Mercury Text, 9.6 pt on 9.8 pt. leading.  We're moving to
9.8 on 10.0.  Not much you say?  Right, until I tell you that when we went
from a 50-inch web to 48-inch a couple of years ago, we optically reduced
the width of the page 5%.  We're not going to be doing that now, so the net
effect for readers will be a noticeable increase in type size."

I used to tell my students if they really cared about their aging print
audience, they'd make their type bigger. This means I have to move to
Indianapolis when I retire.

dg
-- 
Deborah Gump, Ph.D.

Director, Print/Online
Committee of Concerned Journalists
529 14th St., N.W., Suite 425
Washington, D.C.  20045
202-662-7159 | dgump at concernedjournalists.org

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