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In Search of a Global Latin Literacy Font

Monday 26 October, 16:15 (20 minutes)

Annie Opitz Olsen, Type designer, SIL International

If you were teaching people to read, what font would you use? Many different ones have been used for languages with Latin letters, with varying degrees of success. Look-alike letters, missing characters and changing technologies are just a few of today’s challenges. Can a single font family meet the needs of new readers in diverse locations across the globe? Can it serve the goals of literacy educators as well? Can it avoid the pitfalls of some educational alphabets and look reasonably “normal”? New tools and thoughtful design may make this possible.