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Favorite Font for Construction Documents

What fonts do people like to use for construction drawings? Also, do you prefer all caps? It made a lot of sense in the hand drafting days in order to provide clarity, but computer fonts have better built-in clarity.
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Eric Milberger
helvetica is readable and a default for so many things
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Barry Kelly
Arial seems to be the default for just about everything and seems to be installed on all machines - PCs and Macs.
It has no real 'style' but that is the price you pay for something that just always works I guess.


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Depends: for crossplatform "production" environments Arial is the winner for me, too - it just works and has a neutral aesthetics. For construction documentation I prefer to combine it with Arial Narrow, which is still easily readable but has a much higher information density due to its compact width.
For presentations, publications: whatever you prefer / brandbook says.

Good looking custom fonts are generally hard to manage and mean an unnecessary headache in my opinion. Think about templates, font conversion tables, missing fonts, or first of all, font licensing.
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Arial and Upper-Lowercase here

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