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A sans serif font trademarked by Bitstream, Inc.
Vera Sans has a large x-height and generous apertures, and should retain readability at smaller sizes. But I find the bold lowercase a tends to “fill in” and become difficult to read at 14px and smaller on Windows browsers (Safari, IE, Chrome, and Firefox) when tested on crossbrowsertesting.com. Thus, while text is comfortable to read at 14px, I recommend using Vera Sans bold at 15px and larger.
Designed by Steve Matteson, Type Director of Ascender Corp.
Droid Serif is a transitional font; it feels more “idealized” than “written.” It has a slightly condensed, “square-feeling” bowl, contrast between thick and thin strokes, a vertical stress, and terminals and serifs that don’t look pen-formed. It has a significantly larger x-height than Georgia.
According to Ascender Corp., Droid Serif “features slightly condensed letterforms to maximize the amount of text displayed on small screens. Vertical stress, sturdy serifs and open forms contribute to the readability of Droid Serif while its proportion and overall design complement its companion Droid Sans.”
Designed by Alexandra Korolkova, Olga Umpeleva and Vladimir Yefimov. Released by ParaType in 2009.
PT Sans is a modern humanist sans serif font. Imperfect bowls, slightly tapered spurs, a tear-drop shaped counterform on the g, and a soft foot terminal on the l all make PT Sans feel slightly more hand-written than manufactured. It has a slightly narrow bowl and a smaller x-height than Verdana.
A font by Christian Robertson (Betatype). Serif 6 Beta is part of a larger family of fonts called Serif Beta.
Serif 6 Beta has slightly heavier strokes than the rest of the family. Though it is heavier than most transitional fonts, and has relatively small closed counterforms on the a and e, its terminals, serifs, stress, and bowls feel more transitional than old style. Serif 6 Beta feels more “idealized” than “written.” It has a slightly larger x-height than Georgia.
Serif 6 beta comes in regular, italic, bold, and bold italic. It tests well across browsers, though there are some letterspacing issues in Safari on Windows XP. The whole family is available for free download at Betatype.