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What I don't see mentioned in the discussion is that Arial (and other pure sans serif) can't distinguish lower case 'l' from upper case 'I'. Now this is not a problem when you are reading common English words. It's somewhat of a problem when you are reading unfamiliar foreign words or made up words (tradenames, product names), exacerbated with the recent use of CamelCase in product names (FootballIliniIllinios anyone?). But it's a disaster for the arbitrary strings like passwords, software language variable strings, serial identifiers, file names, and on and on. the choice of Arial as the default in MS Excel too weird for words. How often do you see long blocks of English prose in Excel? It happens, but the primary function of the tools is to contain data.
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Jan 24, 2011