The Effect of Font Type on Screen Readability by People with Dyslexia

  • Authors
  • Rello L, Baeza-Yates R
  • UPF authors
  • RELLO, LUZ; BAEZA YATES, RICARDO;
  • Type
  • Scholarly articles
  • Journal títle
  • ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing
  • Publication year
  • 2016
  • Volume
  • 8
  • Number
  • 4
  • Pages
  • 15-0
  • ISSN
  • 1936-7228
  • Publication State
  • Published
  • Abstract
  • apos;s accessibility for people with dyslexia. However, to the best of our knowledge, there are no experiments that objectively measure the impact of the typeface (font) on screen reading performance. In this article, we present the first experiment that uses eye-tracking to measure the effect of typeface on reading speed. Using a mixed between-within subject design, 97 subjects (48 with dyslexia) read 12 texts with 12 different fonts. Font types have an impact on readability for people with and without dyslexia. For the tested fonts, sans serif, monospaced, and roman font styles significantly improved the reading performance over serif, proportional, and italic fonts. On the basis of our results, we recommend a set of more accessible fonts for people with and without dyslexia.
  • Complete citation
  • Rello L, Baeza-Yates R. The Effect of Font Type on Screen Readability by People with Dyslexia. ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing 2016; 8(4).
Bibliometric indicators
  • 18 times cited Scopus
  • 11 times cited WOS
  • Índex Scimago de 0.197 (2016)