Do not use cap­i­tal let­ters for menu headers - by T.H.Schmidt

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ID 775717 Comments
Status Closed Workarounds
Type Bug Repros 3
Opened 1/3/2013 11:40:45 AM
Access Restriction Public


I’m fin­ish­ing up read­ing Edward Tufte’s canon­i­cal The Visual Dis­play of Quan­ti­ta­tive Infor­ma­tion and the fol­low­ing quote about typog­ra­phy seemed relevant for your decision to use capital letters for the menu headers in VS 2012:

    With regard to typog­ra­phy, Josef Albers writes: “The con­cept that ‘the sim­pler the form of a let­ter the sim­pler its read­ing’ was an obses­sion of begin­ning con­struc­tivism. It became some­thing like a dogma, and is still fol­lowed by ‘mod­ernistic’ typog­ra­phers.… Oph­thal­mol­ogy has dis­closed that the more the let­ters are dif­fer­en­ti­ated from each other, the eas­ier is the read­ing. With­out going into com­par­isons and details, it should be real­ized that words con­sist­ing of only cap­i­tal let­ters present the most dif­fi­cult read­ing — because of their equal height, equal vol­ume, and, with most, their equal width. When com­par­ing serif let­ters with sans-serif, the lat­ter pro­vide an uneasy read­ing. The fash­ion­able pref­er­ence for sans-serif in text shows nei­ther his­tor­i­cal nor prac­ti­cal com­pe­tence.“ Josef Albers, Inter­ac­tion of Color (New Haven, 1963, revised edi­tion 1975), p. 4.
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Posted by Cathy [MSFT] on 3/14/2013 at 5:31 PM
Thank you for providing your feedback and using Visual Studio 2012! Unfortunately, we do not have plans to change the casing of the main menus.

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Posted by Helen [MSFT] on 1/3/2013 at 10:23 PM
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Posted by Macy [MSFT] on 1/3/2013 at 11:51 AM
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