Moreover, the stylistic features that distinguish a humanist serifed font in Vox's scheme are not the same features that distinguish the faces later named humanist sans types.
10) Serifed roman text types spanned four of Vox's categories, grouped chronologically by the emergence of the style.
In his proposal, Vox named the four serifed roman text categories "Humanes," "Garaldes," "Reales," and "Didones.
When humanist was used to describe serifed type (rather than written scripts) before Vox's system achieved wide acceptance, it did not refer to Jensonian designs.
Nowadays, one might hear the type term humanist with reference to Jenson-like serifed types, but it is more likely to be used in the phrase "humanist sans serif.
We need to redirect our attention to how the British Standards define humanist serifed types and compare that to the description of garaldes.
In other words, why do we call humanist sans types humanist when they bear no particular relationship to humanist serifed types?
That is even more true of Optima's forms: although they would come to be labeled humanist, they bear no particular connection to humanist serifed type, or to historical humanist script (figs.
Yager, Aquilante, and Plass (1998) found that 16 out of 20 sighted participants could read an unmodified Swiss (sans serif) font more rapidly than an unmodified serifed
Dutch typeface, displayed on a monitor with high contrast.