Sunday, May 15, 2005


My friend taught me something new just now: Bookman Old Style looks better than Times New Roman, and it also takes up more space, without looking (as is the problem with Courier New) like you're choosing the font just because it takes up more space.

I so got myself like an extra three pages on this paper. Score!


At May 16, 2005 at 9:04 PM, Blogger Gus said...

And it is generally easier on the eyes, uses less toner, and can be read 5-15% faster on a normal printed page. Generally, for 2-3 inch columns you should use a Roman font (9-11 pt, true 1.1-1.2 spaced (a/k/a ``single spaced")); for 3-7 inch columns, a Bookman or Century font (10-12 pt, true 1.15-1.25 spaced (again, ``single spaced")). If you're wider than 7 inches, you'll need to do special formating; I generally find that a 8-10 pt Roman with negative spacing (1-1.10 true spacing, or about 1 pt leading) works best, but you need to be very careful when you're using such narrow margins; you're probably better served going to an 8-9 pt Roman with 2 columns (quarter inch gutter).

That said, I'm a bit neurotic when it comes to typesetting. Nothing pisses me off more than having to use a 14 pt Roman with 1 inch margins -- you don't get much harder to read than that, even if you are a 70 yr old jugde with failing vision. They eyes just don't work that way, and the brain doesn't process lines that way. But alas.

Technical pedantry aside, sometimes pragmatics rule; if you can get an extra three pages by switching to chicken sctatch, I'd say go for it. :)


At May 17, 2005 at 10:43 PM, Blogger The Law Fairy said...


I never realized how much of a difference font choice made. Incredible.

I'm totally grateful for my extra three pages. Hehehe.

At May 19, 2005 at 9:42 AM, Blogger odderie said...

That is rockstar.

*stores away this nugget of knowledge for her own substantial papers*

Thanks for the tip, oh wise 3L. :)

At May 21, 2005 at 8:14 PM, Blogger The Law Fairy said...

Oh, anytime, wise almost-3L :)


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