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Re: Origin of Verdana

From: Todd Fahrner <fahrner@pobox.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Feb 1998 01:22:28 -0800
Message-Id: <v03102800b11ad5eae77c@[]>
To: Chris Lilley <chris@w3.org>, Bill Hill <billhill@microsoft.com>
Cc: www-font@w3.org
Thus spake Chris Lilley:

> > [Bill Hill] On our
> > Microsoft Typography Website, we try to use sizes that will work on
> > system they're viewed.
> That is good to hear - others had reported that, contrary to the
> recommendations in the CSS1 standard, type was being speced in points
> and thus looked too small on Macs (as, conversely, mac designers spec
> type in points that is too big on Windows).

Correction: Mac designers get paid handsomely to rasterize most everything
into GIFs before it ever gets to the server, viz:

http://www.studioarchetype.com/ ;
http://www.commarts.com/ ;
http://www.atomicvision.com/ ;
http://www.3pdesign.com/ ;
http://www.52mm.com/ ;
http://www.6168.org/ ;
http://www.adjacency.com/ ;
http://www.redsky.com/ ;
http://www.ikonic.com/ ;
http://www.dsw.com/ ;
http://www.eriver.com/ ;
http://www.t3media.com/ ;
http://www.planet.com/ ;

Even http://www.microsoft.com/ is absolutely chock-a-block with GIF text,
pixel-speced tables, pixel-speced frames, pixel-spacer GIFs, pixel-speced
new windows, pixel-speced everything - EXCEPT TEXT. This is speced in
another unit system - one with an ambiguous relation to the first. And this
in the name of "preserving design integrity." Or something.

Todd Fahrner
Received on Thursday, 26 February 1998 04:23:52 UTC

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