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Re: font problem and more

From: Nancy <nan@designsbynan.com>
Date: Mon, 05 May 2003 23:41:50 -0400
To: Kynn Bartlett <kynn@idyllmtn.com>
Cc: www-validator@w3.org
Message-id: <5.1.1.6.2.20030505232903.01cc36b0@mail.designsbynan.com>
Hi Kynn,

Thank you for writing.  I should have mentioned it in my original letter, 
thank you for reminding me.  I'm using WinXP Pro and I had checked the 
browser font settings (and rechecked them after receiving Gannon's 
letter).  All is set correctly.  I have Times New Roman and Courier and the 
two default font (as I typed that I typed it "defaulty" =) and something 
surely is "faulty".  There doesn't appear to be a default for sans-serif, 
but I have MS sans-serif, verdana, arial, etc, etc. on my computer so why 
it's picking this weird, unreadable one I don't know.

I'm thinking of going through and deleting all strange fonts!  The problem 
ONLY occurs when the creator specifies the generic sans-serif font.  If it 
is written,"verdana, arial, helvetica, sans-serif" or any one of them in 
front of sans-serif all looks fine.  I tried to find in Word which font it 
uses as the default sans-serif font, but after much looking I couldn't find 
that specification.  I guess no one is Word actually writes in the generic 
sans-serif.

I think I may try and reinstall IE and I sure hope I won't have to 
reinstall Windows!! What a pain that would be!!  I do have Netscape 7 to 
use, but I do prefer using IE; except for this dang problem!!

Again, thanks for answering.  I'm not sure where the list appears for this 
topic, so if anyone is answering me there, I won't know it.  Oh, well.  I 
will send a note if I do get this fixed somehow.

My best,

Nancy



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 IE
is very different on Mac vs. Windows, but my version of Mac IE has options
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 quite
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, then
there's something wrong with your browser.

--Kynn
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Received on Monday, 5 May 2003 23:42:33 GMT

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