Ugly screen font

elizabeth_355's picture

The past week or two, I've been noticing this hideously unreadable font all over the internet. It's even invaded my favorite blog.

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Si_Daniels's picture

What fonts have you installed or perhaps more importantly uninstalled recently? Removing Arial or Helvetica may result in fall back to a fugly bitmap font like that.

Bert Vanderveen's picture

Could be something awry with your system. That's more likely than an international webwide conspiracy to put ugly fonts on websites (that one already happened some years ago).

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Bert Vanderveen BNO

Si_Daniels's picture

>that one already happened some years ago

No that's happening now... http://www.alistapart.com/articles/cssatten

elizabeth_355's picture

Oh, I wouldn't dare uninstall Helvetica or Arial, as much as I would like to! The only font I've installed recently is Jugend, an old-time spidery-looking display font. I ended up not even using it.

Si_Daniels's picture

Sometimes apps install font too. On Windows you could try doing a system restore to just before the time it started going hogwild. On the Mac? Maybe this would help...

http://www.macworld.com/2007/10/secrets/nov07workingmac/index.php

elizabeth_355's picture

Thanx sii ... I'm on a Windows 98 PC & everything else seems to be normal, so I guess I can live with it.

jasonc's picture

"’m on a Windows 98 PC & everything else seems to be normal"

Nothing's normal on a Win 98 pc.

OOps! Did I say that out loud?
;)

elizabeth_355's picture

The css at one of the sites that renders badly on my machine specifies Lucida Grande, which I don't have, so that might explain it.

I've worked on a Windoze XP box & as far as I know, the only thing XP has that I don't is the dancing avatars that come with XP. With 98, I have full access to DOS and TeX, which I need. I haven't worked on a Mac.

Si_Daniels's picture

For Web surfing and web development you should use a more secure OS. XP with all the updates, Vista, or Mac OS would be better choices. Keep the W98 box around for your DOS and TeX'n but putting it on the net is asking for troubles.

Cheers, Si

HaleyFiege's picture

I'm getting that problem on wikipedia.

hrant's picture

The other day I used a cruddy old Windows 98 laptop,
and I have to tell you that it was lightning fast. :-/

hhp

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