Re: Font bug in IE 5.5

Unfortunately, the offending site is not one that I created.  So I have no way
of changing their odd use of fonts.

I have seen it argued that this is not really a Microsoft bug, but the bug of a
handful of fonts.  But if that was the case, why wouldn't I see this problem in
IE 5.0?  This tells me that IE is doing something it shouldn't, and therefore,
the bug needs to be fixed in IE.

Peter Foti

Clover Andrew <> on 10/13/2000 04:11:00 AM

To:   "''" <>
cc:    (bcc: Peter Foti)

Subject:  Re: Font bug in IE 5.5 wrote:

> I apologize in advance for posting this to the list, but I don't know
> where to look for info on this.

comp.infosystems.www.authoring.stylesheets, although I haven't seen an
answer there.

> font-family: serif,arial,helvetica,sans-serif;

I've had this problem too. It happens any time IE 5.5 uses the 'serif'
generic font family, not just if it's the first in the list. I'm not sure
it happens on all IE5.5 installations, but it happens enough that it's
worth avoiding. I put a Windows-specific font name immediately before
serif to avoid it ever choosing that, eg:

  font-family: "GoodFont", "CrapFont", "Times New Roman", serif

Microsoft seems not to have acknowledged this (IMHO serious) bug.

By the way, I'm not sure putting *two* generic font-family names in the
list above makes much sense.

Andrew Clover
Technical Support AG

Received on Friday, 13 October 2000 11:23:51 UTC