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Re: font problem and more

From: Kynn Bartlett <kynn@idyllmtn.com>
Date: Mon, 5 May 2003 19:31:51 -0700
Cc: www-validator@w3.org
To: Nancy <nan@designsbynan.com>
Message-Id: <E4EAEDF8-7F6A-11D7-AD3D-000393D9E692@idyllmtn.com>

On Monday, May 5, 2003, at 05:38 PM, Nancy wrote:
> I have been having a lot of fun as I learn more about CSS, XHTML and 
> more and have almost become addicted to trying to make my pages 
> validate, but I can't view most of the W3C when using IE.  It's 
> impossible to read. I am including in this email a link so that you 
> can view the validator page as I see it. [...]

> The problem seems to be when only a sans-serif generic font is used.  
> I have tons of fonts on my computer and have no idea why it isn't 
> choosing to use MS sans serif or Verdana, or Arial, but this is what I 
> see  If you go to the website I have written here, you'll see how it's 
> impossible for me and I hope you can help guide me.

Wow, your browser is pretty screwed up.

Check your preferences to see if you can tell it what fonts to use for
generic sans-serif.  You didn't mention what platform you're using, and 
is very different on Mac vs. Windows, but my version of Mac IE has 
under Languages/Fonts to allow me to set my own defaults for the
generic font families.

Alternately, reinstall IE.

Alternately, reinstall Windows.

Alternately, install Opera or Mozilla or Safari.

Alternately, install Linux. :)

The point is, though, that your browser as currently functioning is 
broken because it's displaying a font you don't want it to display.  You
should be able to correct this problem through configuration.  If not, 
there's something wrong with your browser.


Kynn Bartlett <kynn@idyllmtn.com>                     http://kynn.com
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Received on Monday, 5 May 2003 22:27:40 UTC

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