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Georgia on my eyes

If you’re writing something that will be read on screen rather than on paper, consider using Georgia typeface. Georgia is a serifed typeface designed specifically for on-screen reading. You can read about it here and here, and if you don’t already have it, you can download it here. (In case you’re wondering what Georgia looks like, the posts on this blog are presented in Georgia typeface.)

Even if you don’t blog, I’ll bet you write dozens of things every day intended for on-screen reading. Those things are called “e-mail.” If you use Outlook or Outlook Express to handle your e-mail, you can change the settings to put the e-mail you write in Georgia, and to display any plain-text e-mail you receive in Georgia. Click on “Tools” in the menu bar, then select “Options,” then follow your nose. I recommend the 12-point size for easy reading. I guarantee that you’ll find 12-point Georgia easier to read than the default 10-point Arial you may be used to.