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Riccardo Sartori
2 hours ago, Ralf Herrmann said:

That word shape myth can’t be killed apparently. 

That’s exactly the nature of myths :smirking-face:

It also happens, for example, for the notion that alphabetic graphemes are in some way derived from phonemes (other than in hangul, of course).

From the paper you linked to:


Given that all the reading research psychologists I know support some version of the parallel letter recognition model of reading, how is it that all the typographers I know say that we read by matching whole word shapes?

I think it’s in part because it nicely complements the widely held notions that serifs and lowercase are better for continuous reading.

It also happens to lend itself to create nice and easy graphics related to the importance of whitespace. So perhaps it would help to have some equally easy and nice graphics better illustrating the issue.

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