dyslexia

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Hey,
It seems to me that Hebrew is the most geometric font in the world, followed by Latin. How so?
(1) Well, we know that Aleph is composed of two Yuds - one high and one low. If we join them using a horizontal
rather than a diagonal we get a wind handle. Then reversing we get Lamed. I.e. Lamed=-Aleph
Similarly, (2) Daled is not really a door but a detonation handle - hence Delet=hole in wall="Delete". I.e. the hole in the concept of Daled is not in the innards of the letter

I was reading about this great open source project to develop a Latin font suitable for people with Dyslexia, OpenDyslexic. I began to wonder about the experience of Hebrew readers with Dyselxia. What is the best font? What is the worst font?

If there are no good fonts yet designed for Hebrew readers, this would seem to me a great challenge whereby Hebrew typographers could collaborate with one another and with the larger community in designing a better font. The GPL+Font Exception seems like the right license to facilitate such collaboration.

I'd love to learn what anyone knows about Dyslexia and Hebrew reading.

Aharon Varady
the Open Siddur Project
http://opensiddur.org

What free font do you think children prefer with serious reading difficulties (dyslexia, foreign language, low IQ, …). Children are from a Flemish Belgian primary school (Het Kompas, Gent), many non native speakers of Dutch (Roma, Turkish, Bulgarian). Most of them poor, some of them homeless, many abused or seriously neglected.
Preliminary indicative experiments and questioning point at Verdana > Source Sans > Roboto.
There is no budget and no possibility to prevent illegal copying.
Any help welcome.

Has anyone at Typophile ever designed something to be harder to read on purpose--to make sure the reader slows down, and thus better understands the text? In particular, has anyone ever done this with a textbook or other educational materials? Or has anyone made another design decision with a similar effect, such as printing the text in light gray?

Note: there is some empirical research suggesting that using more difficult typefaces can increase comprehension. Dan Kahneman discusses some of it in Thinking Fast, Thinking Slow, and a very recent example is the new study described here, which finds increased gains for dyslexic readers:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/educationnews/10089102/Hard-to-read...

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