What is the difference between readability and legibility?

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The difference between readability and legibility is readability refers to how the combinations of letter are read within a larger body of text. Legibility refers to how easy it is to distinguish one letter from another in a specific typeface.

Legibility is determined by perception and readability is based on comprehension, according to the School of Media Arts and Design. Readability is determined by how easy it is to read words, phrases or blocks of copy, such as a web page or book. To ensure a typeface is legible a typeface designer ensures that each individual character is distinguishable from all the other characters in the font. This is done by choosing an appropriate typeface and selecting the most legible size.

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