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After getting into an argument with a friend about the use/existence of the Comic Sans font, he said that it is one of the few typefaces that virtually eliminates confusion among dyslexics.

It appears others have the same opinion. Many sources present anecdotal evidence such as:

Most significant of all, it has become highly regarded by those who work with dyslexic children - one of the better uses for which it was never intended.

Source: BBC News Magazine

Does Comic Sans really fix the problem dyslexics have reading printed material?

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No idea if other tags would be appropriate... –  tpg2114 Jan 11 '13 at 14:27
Ive added [dyslexia] tag - seems appropriate to me. –  Jamiec Jan 11 '13 at 15:11
@Jamiec Oddly enough, it didn't even occur to me to check if that one was a tag... duh. –  tpg2114 Jan 11 '13 at 15:15
It didn't exist - I created it. You may or may not have had enough rep to do so. –  Jamiec Jan 11 '13 at 15:41
Added tag for typography as that seems appropriate. –  matt_black Jan 11 '13 at 18:07

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I don't know any specific research regarding "Comic Sans" and dyslexics, but there are at least a few fonts designed by and for dyslexics to ease reading. Two examples are the free OpenDyslexic font by Abelardo Gonzalez or the commercial Dyslexie font by Christian Boer.

Christian Boer is a dyslexic, Dutch graphics designer, who has used his own experiences as a dyslexic and feedback from dyslexic friends to create a font, which tries to avoid typical problems. On his web page, he has summarized many of his design decisions and at least a few of these design principles can be found in "Comic Sans" as well, e.g:

  • The letters have a "hand written" appearance, to make otherwise similar letters more distinct. The letters n and m are e.g. very different, since the vertical strokes of the m are slanted.

  • Letters, which are often mirrored or flipped in other fonts (e.g. b, d, p, q), have distinct features, making them easier to distinguish.

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