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Re: fonts (slightly off topic)

From: Frank Boumphrey <bckman@ix.netcom.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Aug 1998 22:15:31 -0400
Message-ID: <000701bdca59$b59ce3a0$9cacdccf@ix.netcom.com>
To: "Lourdes Jones" <lourdes@ljones.com>, <www-style@w3.org>

Good heavens, you're right! Thank you.
And I always thought it was a "browser" thing!

And for those interested here are the other substitutes (in win95)

Helv=MS Sans Serif
Tms Rmn=MS Serif
Times=Times New Roman
MS Shell Dlg=MS Sans Serif

Just to be doubly sure in Visual Basic I wrote the following deathless code

    fontname = "helvetica"
    Print fontname

And when I compiled and ran :

The result was "Arial"

I love these lists, they expose the true depth of my ignorance every day!


Frank Boumphrey

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-----Original Message-----
From: Lourdes Jones <lourdes@ljones.com>
To: <www-style@w3.org>
Date: Monday, August 17, 1998 5:32 PM
Subject: RE: fonts

>Forgive me for interrupting:
>Frank Boumphrey wrote:
>> You wont fint 'Helevetica ' on most PC's, i.e. 90% of the
>> desktop's out
>> there, although most browsers are smart enough to substitute Arial for
>> Helvetica.
>Hopefully the browser does not have much to do with the substitution since
>there is a system alias for that font name.  Any program call to the system
>for the Helvetica font should return Arial (or any other defined font
>Windows has aliased Helvetica to Arial since Windows 3.1 (that I can
>confirm, my memory is uncertain about 3.0 though I believe it was present
>there as well).  Check your win.ini file for the font aliases defined on
>your system under the heading [FontSubstitutes].
>What this has to do with www-style I'm uncertain but it will hopefully show
>that while Helvetica my not be installed on most Windows machines it is
>indeed 'found' there.  (Though I would always choose sans-serif as a
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