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Choose a Typeface Appropriate to the Material

Old style fonts (e.g. Courier) with wide, round letters are considered familiar and comfortable. Modern fonts (e.g. Times Roman), with greater thick/thin contrasts, provoke both attention and anxiety. Sans Serif fonts (e.g. Arial) feel clean and precise, and convey "believability". Traditional print fonts, however, may be unavailable to for computer use. When they are available, they may be disguised under assumed names in slight variations (e.g. Arial approximates Helvetica). Most computers are over-stocked with decorative and attention-getting "resident" fonts better used in small, specific doses. As a result, choosing type for a computer-based text often involves a choice among lesser evils.