Today’s caption and subtitle fonts
This section’s contents (updated 2006.11.29) include:
- The basics
- All you need to know to get started
- What’s wrong with using Web screenfonts for captions and subtitles?
- Examples using Verdana for captioning. (Added 2005.03.07)
- What’s the difference between regular screenfonts and caption and subtitle fonts?
- An easy comparison table for people familiar with “classic” screenfonts. (Added 2005.08.02)
- Small update on EyeTV Line 21 captions translated into high definition
- Now with Vin Diesel and Ellen DeGeneres! (Added 2005.03.21)
- What fonts should we use in the meantime?
- While we’re waiting for substantially better fonts, what typefaces should you use instead of Arial, and why? (Added 2005.04.14)
- Ancient BBC “subtitling” font revealed
- Richard Southall, codesigner of the classic BBC slabserif typeface, writes in with a history and some illustrations. A 15-year mystery solved! (Added 2005.04.26)
- What’s wrong with Tiresias?
- Debunking the font that nonexperts think is the only one you need for captions and subtitles. (Added 2005.07.11)
Fonts for HDTV
- Other people’s fonts: A critique of existing typefaces for HDTV (EIA-708) captioning
- Typefoundries already offer font sets for high-definition TV, and there’s a great deal wrong with them. (Added 2005.10.03)
- What does the HDTV captioning spec say about typography?
- We have a legitimate copy of the CEA-708-C standard and have reviewed its sections on typography
- Best practices in online captioning: Typography & appearance
- Screenshots and explanations of what captions for online media players look like today
- Articles from Print magazine
- “Typography and TV Captioning,” Print, January/February 1989
- Sequel: “Reading the Tube,” Print, March/April 2002