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Best font choice for forum reading?

CyclingTribe

Well-known member
#1
I recently changed from Verdana (old vB3.8.4 font) to Trebuchet MS to have a serif style font (www.cyclechat.net) but I'm not convinced I've made the right choice - it seems, I don't know, too big for the layout.

I don't really want to use Georgia and when I reduce the size of Trebuchet is seems a bit too small - can't win eh?

I just wondered what everyone else's font preferences were for on-screen reading?

Cheers,
Shaun :D
 

Brogan

XenForo moderator
Staff member
#5
Comic Sans MS of course, which is what I use here on XenForo.com.

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You're not going to get consensus with this though, everyone has their own preference.
I personally hate serif fonts so every font on my site is sans serif.

The default font for XenForo was specifically chosen for on screen readability.
 

Forsaken

Well-known member
#6
I recently changed from Verdana (old vB3.8.4 font) to Trebuchet MS to have a serif style font (www.cyclechat.net) but I'm not convinced I've made the right choice - it seems, I don't know, too big for the layout.

I don't really want to use Georgia and when I reduce the size of Trebuchet is seems a bit too small - can't win eh?

I just wondered what everyone else's font preferences were for on-screen reading?

Cheers,
Shaun :D
You can't just change the font, you'll also have to change the font-size, otherwise the font will look out of place.
 

TheRevTastic

Well-known member
#10
My Web Mastering teacher told my class that serif fonts were proven to make it easier to read as your eyes will follow the lines on the bottom, but I don't take her advice :p, I can teach the class better then her.
 

Shelley

Well-known member
#11
My Web Mastering teacher told my class that serif fonts were proven to make it easier to read as your eyes will follow the lines on the bottom, but I don't take her advice :p, I can teach the class better then her.
Font is really down to user preference what they find easier on "they're" eyes. Just like there isn't a (for example) which is better red or blue the argument would go on forever.
 

dutchbb

Well-known member
#16
I like/prefer sans-serif for websites/articles but serif seems to be working for XenForo. Perhaps because it gives it a more unique feeling compared to other forum solutions. Or it just works better with this design. I think Trebuchet MS works pretty well on your forum. But you're right it's either too small or too large for message text.
 

CyclingTribe

Well-known member
#17
I've changed it back to Verdana and think it's working better than with Trebuchet MS. It's a little larger than on the IPB style, and I've added a bit more spacing between lines (to make it easier to read large blocks of text) and I'm a bit happier with it now.

Thanks for the feedback - and it seems fonts is still a very subjective subject. (y)

Cheers,
Shaun :D
 

mrGTB

Well-known member
#19
Verdana - has always been the most readable font I think used on sites. Hence why it's still so popular used with many forums as default font.