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Best font choice for forum reading?

Discussion in 'Forum Management' started by CyclingTribe, Nov 30, 2011.

  1. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    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?

    Shaun :D
  2. TheBigK

    TheBigK Well-Known Member

    Verdana fan here.
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  3. Morgain

    Morgain Well-Known Member

    Georgia lover foreva
  4. M@rc

    M@rc Well-Known Member

    Err.. Times New Roman! :oops:
  5. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Comic Sans MS of course, which is what I use here on XenForo.com.


    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.
  6. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    You can't just change the font, you'll also have to change the font-size, otherwise the font will look out of place.
  7. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    I'm a Tahoma guy myself. I'm trying to get xenforo to default Tahoma in the posts themselves.
  8. trilogy33

    trilogy33 Well-Known Member

  9. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

  10. TheRevTastic

    TheRevTastic Well-Known Member

    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.
  11. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    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.
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  12. TheRevTastic

    TheRevTastic Well-Known Member

    Blue :I
  13. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    I was waiting for you to post that. :)
  14. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    I'd agree if people didn't use the same ~10 shades of blue for everything.
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  15. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

  16. dutchbb

    dutchbb Well-Known Member

    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.
  17. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    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)

    Shaun :D
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  18. Carlos

    Carlos Well-Known Member

    In which style properties did you get the font working on messages (ahem, the posts?)
  19. mrGTB

    mrGTB Well-Known Member

    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.
  20. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    Message Elements > Message Text

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