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Developing A Typeface For Low Resolution E-Ink Displays

Benjamin Smith, Terra David Groenewold
Published 2018 · Computer Science

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For use on E-Ink displays, a typeface is required to convey information. Whether that information be stories to data, legibility of the information is important. E-ink Displays require a difference in typeface usage due to their lack of color as well as low-resolution capabilities in comparison to modern day displays. We developed two typefaces to assess the quality of legibility for use on E-ink displays in an educational or business environment, using the typeface Arial as a standard. Legibility is measured in terms of how many correct words the subject reads aloud and the time taken to initially speak. Time is not used to assess reading speeds, but to establish difficulty in legibility. Three different font sizes are used to determine any lower bound thresholds on legibility that exist within the typeface. These methods allow for a font to be developed and used with E-ink displays for clear communication.
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