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Seriffers påverkan på läshastigheten
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Medicine and Optometry.
2019 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
The impact of serifs on reading speed (English)
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to examine wheather serifs provide an advantage in reading speed. This was tested with a reading speed test (Wilkins Rate of Reading Test), two with a serif font and two with a sans serif font. The fonts used was Times New Roman and Times Sans Serif, two variants of each.

After the participants had passed the criteria, which consisted of stereopsis of 100 sec. of arc (tested with Titmus Fly Test) and near visual aquity of 20/25 (tested with a near aquity chart), they were presented with the tests in a randomly generated order. The participants were asked to read the words out loud, and to read it as quickly as possible. After a countdown a timer started and the participants started reading. While the participants read the words, a copy of the test was silently supervised by the author to monitor any skipped or incorrectly read words. After a minute the timer stopped and the words/minute were calculated. This was repeated for the remaining 3 tests. After all the tests had been executed the participants were asked which of the two fonts they experienced as easier to read.

There was no statistical significant difference (p=0.54) in reading speed between the two fonts. 60% of the participants had a higher reading speed with Times Sans Serif than its serif counterpart. Despite this, 51% reported that they found Times New Roman easier to read.

The conclusion of this study found that no statistical significant difference in reading speed could be measured between serif and sans serif fonts.

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2019. , p. 32
Keywords [sv]
Seriffer, Läshastighet, Läsbarhet, Typografi
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Medical and Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-85502OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-85502DiVA, id: diva2:1326164
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Optometry Programme, 180 credits
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Available from: 2019-06-18 Created: 2019-06-17 Last updated: 2019-06-18Bibliographically approved

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