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I am not dyslexic, but I have been watching the OpenDyslexic project for a while now. After their latest release, I have converted my PC to use the font by default. I am finding it so easy to read. I can even read most of my screen when I misplace my reading glasses.
I am now in the process of converting all of my code to default to or recommend downloading the font.
OpenDyslexic ... Its not just for dyslexics anymore.
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I'm not dyslexic, and I do not find the font easy to read. Yet I will easily believe claims that for some kinds of dyslexia, this font is a good one.
One reason for me to say this: I had a daughter with a strong visual handicap, so she was a braille reader. His teacher decided that the entire class should learn a little braille, so they had my daugther print out some braille hardcopy that the others could read, looking up the dot patterns one by one in the braille alphabet. One of the boys was suffering from severe dyslexia, and had had large problems learning ordinary blackprint reading - but this little fellow read learned the braille right away, and soon could read the texts without checking the alphabet. He actually learned to read braille faster than he could read letter text. This was when they were seven, maybe eight, so they were not fast readers, any of them. (And this was a Waldorf School, or Steiner School as we call them, where they certainly do not push reading at a very low age. Other things are more important when you are five or six.)
When a small kid with strong dyslexia learns to read braille without any problem, then it makes sense that a different, but character-like, typeface can have a simlar effect.
Hmmm, interesting, like comic sans, I would be interested to hear what a genuine strong dyslexic opinion of it. I am guessing it's the difference in the font that makes it easy to read when contrasted against a standard...
I am finding all the feedback very interesting. Everyone I have shown it to agrees that it is easier to read. Admittedly, showing it to a dozen or so personal contacts does not make for a very good sampling. Given the number of people that don't seem to like it, I will have to rethink making it a default. I will definitely make it an available option though.
Thanks to everyone for the feedback ... from both sides. I sometimes forget that I should not only think outside of the box, but occasionally get out of my box and see what other people think.
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