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The Comic Sans Edition
When is Comic Sans OK?
Comic Sans is an acceptable font in the following instances:
- Kindergarten Classrooms
- Printed Materials for people with Dyslexia
We all have our favorite fonts, but some fonts hinder readability for dyslexic students.
Fonts like Times New Roman, Courier New, and Georgia have "tails" or serifs on the ends of the letters. Serifs can cause confusion with certain letter combinations for some people who struggle with this learning disability.
Sans serif fonts improve readability of printed materials. Sans serif fonts do not have any tails on the ends of their strokes. Fewer strokes equates to less visual information to process which results in better comprehension. Examples of sans serif fonts are Arial, and yes Comic Sans.
Ideally, fonts that closely resemble handwritten letter shapes improve readability.
So even if you local graphic designer scoffs at your use of Comic Sans, you now have a legitimate excuse to use it.
Help Me Help You
Sometimes the best answers can be found by using the HELP menu.
Don't know know how to merge cells in a spreadsheet? Click on Help. The Help menu is full of good information, that often times, explains step by step how to complete a specific tasks.
In Microsoft Office, the help menu is a question mark. In other applications, it will say HELP. If you don't see a help menu, go to the software publisher's website. There will be some sort of knowledge repository that has the answer you need.
You will learn far more by finding your own answers than by simply having someone just give it to you. If we expect our students to find their own answers, shouldn't we expect the same of ourselves?