kottke.org posts about dyslexia

Dyslexia-optimized typeface for InstapaperSep 21 2012

Marco Arment has added a typeface optimized for dyslexics to Instapaper.

I'm happy to report that in this update, I added the Open-Dyslexic font by Abelardo Gonzalez. Its bottom-weighted characters are designed to reduce letter-swapping and increase differentiation between similar-looking letters, which improves readability for people with dyslexia. It's now the bottom-most option in the font list in Instapaper's text-controls ("aA") panel.

Nicely done.

A typeface for dyslexicsJul 13 2011

Christian Boer designed a typeface especially for dyslexics called dyslexie.

Research by the University of Twente indicates that the typeface decreases reading errors by dyslexics.

Ebooks good for dyslexics?Apr 07 2010

Some anecdotal evidence suggests that reading on small screen devices like the iPhone might be easier for dyslexics.

So why I had found it easier to read from my iPhone? First, an ordinary page of text is split into about four pages. The spacing seems generous and because of this I don't get lost on the page. Second, the handset's brightness makes it easier to take in words. "Many dyslexics have problems with 'crowding', where they're distracted by the words surrounding the word they're trying to read," says John Stein, Professor of Neuroscience at Oxford University and chair of the Dyslexia Research Trust. "When reading text on a small phone, you're reducing the crowding effect."

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