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post Oct 7 2019, 01:36 PM

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I am working on a database application and am trying to make it readable and more in line with users expectations with regards to Windows apps. Which fonts and font sizes should I use. In the past I think I have gone too big and made apps look somewhat amateurish. BTW, I see Visual Studio defaults to SansSerif 8.25.

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post Oct 7 2019, 01:41 PM

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This is extremely subjective, a personal choice and somewhat dependent on screen resolution as well (the language of the application can also impact font selection). I'd urge you to create a simple mockup db and then speak with your client to determine what would best suit their needs. This way they get there say and you aren't the one making the choice. After that, you needn't worry. Client involvement in such decisions (font/size, colors, ...) are critical and should be done very early on in development.

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post Oct 7 2019, 01:47 PM

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If using A2010 or later, have a look at Access themes which may give a good idea of which fonts work well together & appropriate sizes.
FWIW I use Calibri 11pt but I agree with Daniel's points completely

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post Oct 7 2019, 02:05 PM

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i also agree with Daniel. in my apps last 10 years or so i usually use Sans Serif or Arial, and usually font size 10 - though on a few occasions considerably bigger, just depends on who's using the particular form(s) and in what environment. for the db that i use almost exclusively (in doing my regular clerical work), i deliberately use bigger fonts because i'm older and don't see so well as i used to.

i don't agree that bigger fonts look amateurish. to me a sloppy interface looks amateurish, not polished as i expect a professional app to look. and an interface that doesn't work right, even more so. fonts should fit the need - as well as you can, anyway, considering there may be a wide variety of people using an app. :)


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