Pick Fonts Carefully

A large Spreadsheet-based DSS should have consistency from one worksheet and screen to another. Use a small set of fonts and font sizes that will be available to anyone who uses the application. Avoid unusual or custom fonts like Stone Sans Bold or Tempus Sans ITC. Fonts like Arial and Times are readable and widely installed with Excel. Most of the time two or three font sizes are adequate. Put body text in 12 point, column or row headings in 14 point, and titles in 24 or 30 point. Readability is the major issue.

appeared in DSS News 05/12/02