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Watching subtitled films with dyslexia: research

Posted: Fri Feb 17, 2017 12:30 am
by MaxD
Hi everyone!

(Sorry if I posted in the wrong subforum.)

My name is Max Deryagin. I am a professional subtitler. I am currently researching whether using a special font can improve the experience of watching subtitled films for dyslexic-spectrum people. In that, I need your help.
I have prepared two short bits from the 1966 Soviet film Beware of the Car. They are identical videos, with English subtitles, but they use different subtitle fonts: Arial versus Dyslexie. If you could spend several minutes of your time watching these videos and sharing your experience in your reply, I would really appreciate it!

Here are the videos:

Regular font (Arial):
Special font (Dyslexie):


Re: Watching subtitled films with dyslexia: research

Posted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 4:21 pm
by AbigailM
Hi Max, Thank you for sharing. I personally find that the Dyslexie font is easier to read, but have found over the years that individual preferences are quite variable. Also, I don't know if my impressions were influenced by the fact I viewed the sequence with the Arial font first, so had the benefit of having pre-read the same text when I looked at the Dyslexie font.

Some suggestions:
1. It may be beneficial to more widely space the letters in the subtitle. See ... dren-read/

2. I felt that the subtitles were not on screen long enough for slow readers. You might time how long each subtitle appears and make sure that you aren't expecting viewer to read too quickly.

3. I think it would also be beneficial to keep each title or segment very brief, 6-8 words at most -- so you might break up some of the longer sentences. If the sentence takes up 2 lines on screen, I think it is too long.

I did like the strong contrast - I often have problems with subtitles because I have a hard time seeing them against the background of the film, but yours were very easy to see.

Re: Watching subtitled films with dyslexia: research

Posted: Mon Feb 20, 2017 11:31 pm
by MaxD
Thank you for the valuable feedback, Abigail!