Apple A

Hi - I’m working at a college building them a new site. The site is close to launch, which I’m excited/worried about - so of course it’s now that they’ve come and made a request.

They want the site to use the Century Gothic font because of it’s ‘apple a’ (which I think is referred to as a single-story a, at least on Wikipedia).

They want this because it has been recommended to them in the past for students with learning difficulties - but I think they’re better off sticking with the font-stack I’ve already got, i.e. Verdana,Geneva,sans-serif.

Can anyone provide me with a suitable argument to make in support of sticking with a web-font, rather than switching it to Century Gothic? I’ve already explain to them the fact that it is not such a well supported font, and that if users don’t have it installed, then the next font in the stack will be used anyway…

…but I think they’re looking for something that says that students with learning difficulties will not have trouble with a regular double-story A.


Perhpas you could use that as part of your argument, then.

You know - they’d probably be quite happy with that :x

O dear, now I’m going to have nightmares tonight!

Being a person with a dyslexia myself, I know this well enough.

Maybe you should unveil the site to the client in Comic Sans. :lol:
You know - they’d probably be quite happy with that :x

Blimey, people with learning difficulties have a lot more to worry about than the shape of the letter A! Maybe you should unveil the site to the client in Comic Sans. :lol: It’s surprising how few fonts have a single storey A.

You could try a font stack like “Century Gothic”, monaco, futura, which fonts are common on a Mac, but I’m not sure of equivalents on PC. To be honest, a whole web page of Century Gothic sounds dreadful. I grieve for you!

To be fair, some typefaces can be hard to read (if you have learning difficulties), I’m not sure there’s been much in the way of accessibility research in respect to the issues of typeface accessibility but it may be worth looking for some (perhaps in an education paper) as there’s probably a genuine reason to worry about how the font may affect the information readability. I would say that the case for serif VS sans-serif in that respect would be an interesting discussion too. :slight_smile:

PS: Century Gothic is considered a websafe font as it’s typographically very well distributed between Windows / Mac / Linux / Office (etc).