completed feature-request
This is a usability question: could we please use a typeface that is a better fit for screens?  Something sans serif would be very welcome.
Top Answer
Tom V
I agree.

Even if we allow the users to select a font in their preferences the default font for users upon first visit or for unregistered users should be a sans-serif.
Answer #2
Jack Douglas
We could try and find a font that suits most people the most, and perhaps we can do better than Quattrocento.

Before we do, I think we should consider just letting everone choose their own font, so please let us know what you think of that suggestion [on this other meta post](/meta?q=56).
Answer #3
I don't think it's a given that "sans serif" is better for screens. There are screen optimized serif and sans-serif fonts, and many of the same benefits of serif fonts for print work such as books apply to body content on the web as well.

It is true that many serif fonts optimized for print do _not_ offer good readability on digital screens, especically at small sizes.

I think the default for body content of posts should actually be a serif font, but one with good screen rendering properties.

I would consider making site Chrome/UI elements sans to diferenciate them from user generated content (posts, comments).

Additionally a user preference would be a welcome change over most sites which force you to use a single upstream choice that is not necessarily the best for all users.
Could we please use a sans-serif typeface?
Jack Douglas replying to dezso
yes it is 'per-site', if you go to your dba.ta profile you can change that one too :)
dezso replying to Jack Douglas
It's been a while.  I can indeed change the font there, but it appears to apply to Meta only.  The DB site is still displayed avec-serif.
Jack Douglas
@dezso you can now choose a sans-serif typeface in [your profile](/profile).
Jack Douglas
@Tom actually [this one](/databases?q=69) instead!
Jack Douglas
@dezso you might want to star Tom's answer :)
Jack Douglas
@Tom can you make a suggestion of a particular sans-serif font on the [other meta post](/meta?q=56) please?
Paul White
no refresh needed!
Jack Douglas replying to Paul White
tweaked, thanks
Paul White replying to Jack Douglas
On the history page on meta, the top left link is to "topquestions"
Jack Douglas
I also added an answer — which doesn't currently automatically notify you, hence the manual ping in here!
Jack Douglas replying to dezso
I tweaked your post to remove the layout question — but you can get the wording from the [question history](/question-history?id=26) if you'd like to post it in another question.
Paul White replying to dezso
There are no comments, only chat.
or are they the same now, hm
and I might also have mistook the comments section for the chat
dezso replying to Jack Douglas
not at all
Jack Douglas
@dezso thanks, that's a good thing to ask about. Would you mind splitting the layout question off into a separate post?