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Re: Unreadable font

From: Ian B. Jacobs <ij@w3.org>
Date: Tue, 18 Jan 2005 22:20:26 +0000
To: Iain Gilfillan <Iain.Gilfillan@sciencenow.com>
Cc: "'site-comments@w3.org'" <site-comments@w3.org>
Message-Id: <1106086826.16545.103.camel@seabright>
On Fri, 2005-01-07 at 12:36 +0000, Iain Gilfillan wrote:
> Dear Sir
> When using IE6.0 on Win2K the vast majority of the pages on w3.org are
> unreadable for me and my colleagues. Having looked at your code I see
> that you only specify generic family fonts. I imagine this might be
> causing the problem as my system is then choosing an unreadable font
> from my system. 

Hello Iain,

Having looked at the screenshot, I agree with your assessment that it's
unreadable. I'm not sure why that particular font is being selected. Our
style sheet calls for this order of font selection:

   font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;

I'm not sure if this means you do not have either Arial or Helvetica
installed. I am not sure that this issue calls for fixes to the W3C home

 - Ian

> I realise that the problem is probably being generated by my systems
> choice of font. A a Web Developer I use your site a lot, and it would
> be helpful to me and countless others I'm sure if you also specified
> some specific fonts in your stylesheets. 
> I have attached a screenshot of what your site looks like on my
> machine
> Yours
> Iain Gilfillan
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