I struggle with the Default Lumina English language font [DeJa Vu Sans].
I loathe that a lowercase letter L and uppercase letter I appear indistinguishable. It adds a layer of cognitive effort to comprehension that doesn’t really need to be there in an IT age.
Many other commonly favoured fonts are similarly at fault - Ariel, yuk!
Yes, I figured out how to install a font [verdana in the webfonts pkg, and also Noto Sans] and apply them to the Lumina theme > Font settings to mitigate the issue; but perhaps we shouldn’t have to in the first place is the question I’m asking?
I get that screen fonts don’t necessarily want serifs cluttering up the dialogue boxes etc, but wasn’t Verdana, Trebuchet and similar humanist sans fonts designed to attend to issues like this.
“Humanist sans-serif designs can (if appropriately proportioned and spaced) be particularly suitable for use on screen or at distance, since their designs can be given wide apertures or separation between strokes, which is not a conventional feature on grotesque and neo-grotesque designs.” [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sans-serif#Humanist]
A little experimentation leads me to offer a non-microsoft font, Noto Sans, as an alternative to DeJa Vu Sans. Perhaps Droid Sans will do?
Why these two? I think the compromise of a capital I having serifs in a sans font is actually necessary for clarity. The alternative is for the lowercase L to have a curl like Trebuchet or Fira Sans.
So, is this default font issue of the word Ill looking like a barcode in Deja Vu Sans a bugbear to remedy, or are you happy with the status quo?
If I’m being a pedant… c’est la vie. If my prosaic alternatives lack finess suggest better ones.
Anyhow, before being so rash as to suggest an enhancement on our github page, I thought I’d throw the topic out there.
PS: Licencing of fonts (which I admit I know little about) is a requirement of any distribution, so alternatives would need to be practicable.