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Web Design / True Type Fonts

Discussion in 'Software Development' started by mark4man, Dec 17, 2001.

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  1. mark4man

    mark4man Thread Starter

    Aug 26, 2001
    In creating my own site (utilizing MS Publisher 2000), the site looks perfect on my own browser, I.E. (of course), but other visitors to the site inform me that the text is substituted (in Netscape Navigator & AOL.) I understand the necessity of using True Type Fonts, but am trying to understand the break in compatibility. Aren´t fonts installed by the OS or various programs?; & if the user is running Win95 or later, shouldn´t any standard browser display fonts installed on the machine on which it is running? Why are those basic 11 fonts making up the industry standard; & is there any way around this dilemma (besides designing with .gifs & increasing download time)?

    BTW-To try & get to the answer myself, I downloaded Netscape Navigator & previewed the site. It looked fine (basically the same as in Internet Explorer.) So the question remains, does it display correctly due to the fonts installed on my machine?

    Thanks for the help.

  2. Rockn


    Jul 29, 2001
    That would be correct!! Your customers have to have the same font installed on their PC in order to see any font you designate in your code.
  3. jbcalg


    Oct 29, 2001
    one way to minimize the text substitution is to provide your own substitues so the viewer's browser won't have the choice

    ie look at the source code from this page (right click, view source), it uses a font family

    FONT-FAMILY: Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif

    so that the viewer will see one of those fonts, only if their system has none of those, will it substitute it's own

    even though you use MS Pub to create your websites, you can still edit the html code using notepad
  4. Mithrilhall


    Mar 28, 2001
    Another possible solution would be to embed the fonts. You can download tools that will help you do this. The only problem you may come into contact with is cross-browser compatibility.

    Micro$oft's tool is called WEFT (Web Embedding Font Tool)
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