|Re: WOW! Check out this LCD module|
Message #13 Posted by Dave Boyd on 13 Nov 2007, 11:07 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by Walter B
I love the way that looks. I think it would be horrible to use, though, since each character would be tiny, smaller even than the numbers on the keys themselves.
The original Voyagers have a display which is just about my favorite small numeric LCD. The characters are fat and bold, with thick, meaty segments. The commas and periods are easily distinguished. The display itself is very high contrast, and very, very readable, in most any kind of light. I was somewhat disappointed, but not surprised, by the new displays made for the Chinese-designed Voyagers, the 12C Platinum and its stablemates. They still have a source for the old LCD, since they still make the 12C, but when they needed to add annunciators for the Platinum, they reduced the stroke width and character width on the numbers themselves, which wasn't necessary; I think it was probably just preference on their part. (I have noticed that most Chinese and Japanese displays and documents that feature Roman characters, tend to use very light stroke-width typefaces. I presume that the reason is that their own characters are far more complex than Roman characters, and must use thinner strokes to be distinguishable, so that thin strokes just "look right" to them.)