90 Miles From Tyranny : Biden State Dept Bars Use of Times New Roman Font, Citing 'Disability Inclusion'

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Monday, January 23, 2023

Biden State Dept Bars Use of Times New Roman Font, Citing 'Disability Inclusion'

Popular font can cause 'visual recognition issues for individuals with learning disabilities,' says Secretary of State Blinken

Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday instructed employees to ditch Times New Roman in official communications, saying the popular font undermines the department's commitment to "disability inclusion."

In a department-wide memo titled "The Times (New Roman) are a-Changin," Blinken instructed employees to instead use Calibri font, which the secretary said is more legible to those with reading disabilities, the Washington Post reported. Serif fonts such as Times New Roman—which has decorative tails and feet—can cause "visual recognition issues for individuals with learning disabilities," according to Blinken.

The secretary's Office of Diversity and Inclusion recommended Calibri, the default font on Microsoft products, as an "accessibility best practice," according to the memo.

Blinken's font-change memo comes as the secretary of state prepares a February visit to China amid strained relations between Washington and Beijing. The families of American hostages detained in China have pressured Blinken to bring the prisoners home. Katherine Swidan, whose son is wrongfully imprisoned, said "enough is enough."

"My message for Blinken is: say their names," Swidan told Reuters. "They're American citizens. They've been wrongfully detained."

The department last changed fonts in January 2004 when it switched to...

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Anonymous said...

The problem isn't that they stopped using Times New Roman, but that they switched to a san-serif font, e.g., one where you can't tell a 1 from an I from an l (a number one from a capital I from a lower-case L).

Some password managers default to san-serif fonts...its like they don't use their own products

Anonymous said...

I prefer Ariel. Calibri is almost as hard to suss as san-serif. Doesn't it figure that MS would change from something easy to understand to something almost unintelligible?

More evidence that they're screwing with us on multiple levels.