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July 4, 2006, 2:26 pm
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Re: Script font on Web?
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You don't know what dithered means. You don't want fonts to be dithered.
What in the world do you mean by "script font"? Times New Roman italic is
not a script font. Beyond that, what a particular font looks like in your
browser is not much of an indication of what will show up in anyone else's
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Re: Script font on Web?
For a discussion of script fonts (including a definition of "script
font"), see <http://bowfinprintworks.com/ScriptIDGuide.html and related
However, you are interested in a variable-spaced, serif font, not a
script font. You should consider Georgia instead of Times New Roman.
Supposedly, Georgia provides good resolution both on a computer screen
and in printed hardcopy.
According to a May survey reported at
<http://www.codestyle.org/css/font-family/index.shtml , Georgia was
active on 91% of Macs and 84% of PCs. Times New Roman was active on 89%
of Macs and 78% of PCs.
On a computer screen, the pixels are arranged in a grid that looks quite
good for vertical and horizontal lines but can be jagged for diagonal
lines. Thus, roman (upright) letters look better than italics
(slanted). As the type-size gets larger, italics look better since each
stroke of a letter occupies more pixels. The appearance is also better
for higher-resolution monitors, but some 20% of monitors (including
mine) are still set at 800x600.
In the end, you should use CSS to allow users to choose their own fonts,
according to what each user thinks looks better. You can specify a
font-family (serif [which includes Times New Roman and Georgia],
sans-serif, cursive [which includes script fonts], fantasy, or
monospace). You can also suggest a font within a family. However, not
everyone has the same set of fonts on their computers. (I have many not
even reported in the Code Style survey.) Thus, you should design your
pages to have an acceptable appearance even if the user chooses a font
you don't use.
Possibly with CSS3, Web fonts might be implemented to allow Web
developers to actually provide fonts with their pages according to a
common, universal specification. Don't hold your breath! The
specification for the Web Font module of CSS3 is not scheduled to be
finalized until 2008. No activity on this module has occurred since
2002. An unsuccessful attempt was made to include Web fonts in CSS2;
this was deleted for CSS2.1 because of a lack of consensus on how to
implement an unprecise specification.
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