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Re: font problem and more

From: Dominique HazaŽl-Massieux <dom@w3.org>
Date: 06 May 2003 15:40:58 +0200
To: Nancy <nan@designsbynan.com>
Cc: www-validator@w3.org
Message-Id: <1052228460.28317.20.camel@stratustier>
Le mar 06/05/2003 ŗ 05:41, Nancy a ťcrit :
> 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.

This is known bug in IE, see for instance:
"ont-family: serif  inappropriate font selected as replacement for
generic when font size changed through UA preferences"

I think that it happens when you:
- change your default font size
- then install a new font
and I think it's fixable by changing the font size after the
installation... But I'm not really sure anymore.

Hope this helps,

Dominique HazaŽl-Massieux - http://www.w3.org/People/Dom/

Received on Tuesday, 6 May 2003 09:41:31 UTC

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