September 13 2017. The talk given by Sofie Beier at AtypI 2017 is now published on YouTube >>

The Legibility of Numerals

When a reader encounters an illegible letter, he or she can draw on information from the neighboring letters and from the sentence structure and thus make an educated guess about what the letter might be. The same is not the case when the target is a number. In such situations, there will be no additional help from the surrounding numbers or from the structure of the text. It is therefore essential that one number is not mistaken for another. In spite of this, there is very little relevant research on numeral legibility.

In this talk I will review existing knowledge and present the findings of a new study into the individual legibility of numerals with different skeleton structures.

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