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In a subsequent study of five Chinese typefaces that are currently in use in car navigation and automotive HMIs, Monotype and the MIT AgeLab used the word recognition method to determine the relative differences in typeface legibility when read in brief glance-like exposures. The study was an investigation of different typefaces, rather than typographic style characteristics.

The study was performed in the United States with 22 participants between the ages of 30 and 75, equally split between male and female. Participants were required to be native readers of Simplified Chinese from Mainland China.

The five typefaces are:

  • Monotype MYingHei 18030C Medium (MT YingHei)
  • Monotype MHeiGB18030C Medium (MT Hei)
  • Microsoft YaHei Regular (MS YaHei)
  • Monotype CYuen2PRC SemiBold (MT CYuen)
  • Monotype MSung PRC Medium (MT Sung)

The first three typefaces were of the modern Hei style. MT CYuen is similar to the Hei style, aside from a more geometric design and circular stroke endings. MT Sung is a traditional Ming style typeface that has more distinct differences in thin and thick strokes and is characterized by pronounced triangular stroke endings.

The results showed that the most legible typeface (MYingHei 18030C Medium, a modern Hei style) could be read accurately in exposures that were 33.1 percent shorter than the least legible typeface  - MSung PRC Medium, a traditional Ming style (Dobres, Reimer, Mehler, Chahine & Gould 2014).

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Dobres, J., Reimer, B., Mehler, B., Chahine, N., & Gould, D. (2014). A Pilot Study Measuring the Relative Legibility of Five Simplified Chinese Typefaces using Psychophysical Methods. Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on Automotive User Interfaces and Interactive Vehicle Applications (AutoUI 2014) , Seattle, WA.