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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Can a font (an open source font, at that) help dyslexics read better?

My Telegraph column this week is about a New Hampshire man who has developed an open-source version of a font that may help dyslexics read better.

He tweaked the shape of the letters, the kerning (space between letters) and the punctuation in ways that appear to aid the eye and the brain, making it harder to mentally "flip" writing - or at least to more easily figure out what it's supposed to be, if you do. Research on the topic is new, so it's not certain, but it's a very interesting idea.

Check it out here.