May 10, 2004
Unintended Consequences of the Day

In the Times's good story on using some sort of pattern recognition to see behind the black bars of redacted documents, this nice bit on font choice: "In January, the State Department required that its documents use a more modern font, Times New Roman, instead of Courier, Mr. Naccache said. Because Courier is a monospace font, in which all letters are of the same width, it is harder to decipher with the computer technique. There is no indication that the State Department knew that."

Posted by dbrown at May 10, 2004 03:09 PM
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