A new www authoring TBD

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*web fonts*  
The web page runs to Walgreen's for a font.
If Walgreen's is out of stock, bad luck, unreadable web page.

Evidence that learning sophisticated web-page design causes
traumatic brain disorder -- like stepping on a land mine.


(fortunately, my browser has a "Let There Be Comic Sans"
extension.  The very-readable, quaintly-informal, offensive-
to-artists Comic Sans comes to the rescue.)
MasonC http://frontal-lobe.info

Re: A new www authoring TBD

On 7/28/2015 9:48 AM, masonc wrote:
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A Web page should be constructed such that, if a referenced Web font
cannot be found, the page can still be rendered using an alternative
font, even if that means using a font that the user has instead of the
font the Web developer intended.  This is described in the W3C
specification "CSS Fonts Module Level 3".

David E. Ross

Why do we tolerate political leaders who
spend more time belittling hungry children
than they do trying to fix the problem of
hunger?  <http://mazon.org/

Re: A new www authoring TBD

On 28/07/2015 17:48, masonc wrote:
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Stepping on a land-mine may lead to foot-in-mouth disorder.

Re: A new www authoring TBD

On 07/28/2015 12:48 PM, masonc wrote:
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Someone once said "The guitar is easy to play, poorly." The same can be  
said of web design. I used to spend more time convincing my clients that  
sometimes less is more. That's because HTML is more a set of  
"suggestions" to the individual browser, not like dictates where what  
you send is exactly what they get. Many developers design as if the end  
user has the same hardware, same browser, and the same preferences as  
him or her, so they develop beautiful designs that break when any of the  
variables change.

A well designed site will "gracefully degrade", not break when the user  
picks a larger font size, doesn't have the uniqueFancyFontBold font  
installed, or any other variable changes. Some designers think using a  
web font eliminates the font availability problem, assuming the desired  
font will always load.

A good design should employ a carefully selected, and tested font stack  
(i.e. CSS font-family), and should be tested at a variety of zoom  
levels. I sometimes stress test a layout by setting the base font size  
to extremes like 200%, 300%, 50%, 25%, or 10%. This works for me because  
every everything else on the page is relatively sized.

Take it from someone who knows something about traumatic brain disorder,  
the sequence is reversed. Their brain disorder ("I am the reference for  
everything" syndrome) caused deficient web-design, not the other way around.

Re: A new www authoring TBD

On Sun, 09 Aug 2015 15:35:44 -0400, wmgill wrote:

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Hao, hao! (that's the sound of strong approval in one of my communities).

Cheers, -- tlvp
Avant de repondre, jeter la poubelle, SVP.

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