Boing Boing, a blog that cannot be accessed here in the souless office park due to our internet security filter, is reporting that as of today, “courier new 12” is obsolete and unacceptable at the US State Department. The new standard font is Times New Roman 14. Exceptions to the new rule include:
- treaty materials prepared by the State Department’s legal affairs office
- documents drawn up for the president’s signature
Why is it not surprising that the legal office is exempt? We can’t wean the lawyers off of WordPerfect, let alone Courier.
The original article uses the word draconian to describe the new edict, which is pretty harsh. I support the State Department’s effort to standardize the look and feel of its documents; not enough people pay attention to the relationship between presentation and the effectiveness of a communication. Say what you’d like about our foreign policy but know that font-wise, this country is headed in the right direction. Goodnight, and God bless America.