[sugar] default font too big?

Celeste Lyn Paul celeste
Mon Dec 11 12:41:13 EST 2006

I dont have an spare box to install Ubuntu and sugar wtm.. could someone send 
me a screenshot of the different font sizes (labeled) in use at the correct 

The current guidelines 
state the font appears to be 11pt (the screen is 200dpi, the test font was 
19pt rendered on a Mac i assume was around 100dpi?).  11pt sounds kindof 
small for children, but I may be rendering it wrong in my head because of the 
200dpi conversion of the laptop screen.  It also doesn't seem to correlate 
with what Owen experienced, although perhaps the resolution wasn't set up the 

On Saturday 09 December 2006 04:54, Marco Pesenti Gritti wrote:
> Owen Williams wrote:
> > On Fri, 2006-12-08 at 12:39 -0500, Celeste Lyn Paul wrote:
> >> Are you inquiring about changing font size just for your development
> >> purposes or in general?  If it is just to make things more comfortable
> >> for youself, I'm not sure how you would adjust those settings.
> >>
> >> However, if you are talking about the general interface, remember that
> >> children are going to be using these interfaces, not adults.  When
> >> reading text on a screen, children prefer larger, sans-serif fonts.
> >>
> >> The usability lab at Wichita has done a lot of research on reading text
> >> on screen,  here is one study in particular as a reference:
> >> http://psychology.wichita.edu/surl/usabilitynews/3W/fontJR.htm
> >
> > I'd rather not change my own font settings just to make myself happy,
> > because I want to know that I'm looking at the same screen all the kids
> > will be.  I thought the current size was based on assumptions of
> > readability of the swizzled screen, and was more of a guess than a final
> > decision.  If the current font size is based on that research, then
> > that's good enough for me.
> The current setup is basically... random ;) The HIG has a section about
> font size which we should implement. Patches are welcome.
> Marco

Celeste Lyn Paul
KDE Usability Project

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