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Re: [css-fonts-4] compat problem with 'system' generic font family?

From: Myles C. Maxfield <mmaxfield@apple.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Nov 2015 10:07:32 -0800
Cc: Alan Stearns <stearns@adobe.com>, "Tab Atkins Jr." <jackalmage@gmail.com>, "www-style@w3.org" <www-style@w3.org>
Message-id: <A70EE964-FAE2-49E5-84DE-602C553B4777@apple.com>
To: John Daggett <jdaggett@mozilla.com>

> On Nov 11, 2015, at 6:53 PM, John Daggett <jdaggett@mozilla.com> wrote:
> 
> Alan Stearns wrote:
> 
> > Except that I just did a vanilla install of Win10, and I have a
> > ‘System’ font present. So I’m back to worrying again.
> 
> After other folks pinged me about this also, I did some more testing. The problem font does indeed still ship with Windows, vgasys.fon. This is an ancient FON format font. Modern versions of Firefox and Chrome using DirectWrite ignore FON fonts but if GDI fallback rendering is used, the old FON font will be picked up. Additionally, the latest versions of IE and Edge match a font called 'system' and magically map it to Arial (go figure...).
> 
> So, sad to say, I think we do indeed need to use something other than "system" as the name of the system UI font generic font family.
> 
> How about 'system-ui'? It's simple and captures precisely what it's intended to map to.

I second this.

> 
> Cheers,
> 
> John
> 
> ​
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