Shape or substance
"The legibility of a typeface should not be evaluated on its ability to generate a good word shape.
Word shape is no longer a viable model of word recognition. The bulk of scientific evidence says that we recognize a word's component letters, then use that visual information to recognize a word. In addition to perceptual information, we also use contextual information to help recognize words during ordinary reading, but that has no bearing on the word shape versus parallel letter recognition debate. "
The science of word recognition
by Kevin Larson
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