Web-site text loses style in translation


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Web-site text loses style in translation

Patrick Marshall
Special to The Seattle Times

Q: I put together my own Web site and I really like how it looks. The only problem is that I was shocked when I showed it to a friend on his computer and saw that all the fonts were different than what I had put in. Some of the text was broken in different places, too. Why doesn't it look on his computer like it looks on my computer? We're using the same Web browser.

John Kenner

A: It's a translation problem.

A Web browser can display fonts that are available only on the computer in question. So if you put Book Antigua text on your page and the computer used to view the page doesn't have Book Antigua, the computer will automatically substitute another font.

So ... if you want your page to look just as you designed it, you have to be very careful when you pick fonts. You'll want to use fonts that are likely to be on most computers — Windows as well as Macintosh. Arial/Helvetica is a safe nonserif choice. And Times New Roman is a safe serif choice. Here's a Web site that lists fonts generally available on most systems: www.ampsoft.net/webdesign-l/WindowsMacFonts.html.

Source: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2008254171_ptmrsh11.html


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