Is there a ‘standard’ font to use? Times New Roman 12 seems pretty standard to me. Huenemann, do you see much in the way of requiring a certain font for article or other manuscript submissions?
I don’t hate Times New Roman, but I have been playing with my Course Packets in the new iWork programs and am tempted by some other fonts that look to me to be readable and easy on the eyes over a long course packet (200 pages). (Book Antiqua, Baskerville, Modern No. 20 and Palatino, if you are curious. I also really like Weiss,which you can pay to download. It is a typeface designed by Geman typographer Emil Rudolph Weiss (1875-1943).)
It does seem there are certain ‘canonical’ fonts (Times New Roman, Helvetica (which Mac use as default), Arial, and my wife tells me she sees a lot more Calibri, which she says is the PC Office 07 default). I wonder why those and not others? Anyway, now that they are canonical, maybe I should stick to Times New Roman. Reading student papers, I do get annoyed with varying fonts. Your eyes get used to one and it is hard to shift gears. In fact, I require many of my papers to be done in TNR 12 (in part because they have length maximums so I don’t want font games).
Thoughts on this pressing matter? (hey, it is summer!).