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Author Topic: Some webpages are virtually illegible, kerning issue?  (Read 2764 times)

Hirudin

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Some webpages are virtually illegible, kerning issue?
« on: February 07, 2009, 08:19:59 PM »
I've been noticing a bunch of web sites lately that have a text block that I pretty much cannot read. The text is rendered very similarly (if not exactly the same) in Chrome, Firefox, and Internet Explorer. Is there some issue with the font on my computer or something? Anyone know how to fix this?

Here's a screenshot from theonion.com...
Screenshot - 2_7_2009 , 7_13_36 PM.pngSome webpages are virtually illegible, kerning issue?
« Last Edit: February 07, 2009, 08:28:30 PM by Hirudin »

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Re: Some webpages are virtually illegible, kerning issue?
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2009, 09:44:07 PM »
I'd say to check the 'regional and language options' settings in control panel.

That's my best guess, I haven't seen a problem like this before.

The site and article comes up ok here with firefox and ie.

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Re: Some webpages are virtually illegible, kerning issue?
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2009, 10:34:39 PM »
2Hirudin
Check default font settings for your system (for all windows / menus in "Display Settings") and for your browsers.

This issue looks like problem with MS Sans Serif which should be replaced with Microsoft Sans Serif. Similar names but look&feel is very different.

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Re: Some webpages are virtually illegible, kerning issue?
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2009, 07:35:31 AM »
Have you uninstalled Left4Dead? I've seen it remove/disable nearly all windows default fonts.

Anyway the font you're having problem with is Arial, check your PM in a minute
« Last Edit: February 08, 2009, 07:38:46 AM by justice »

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Re: Some webpages are virtually illegible, kerning issue?
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2009, 06:29:17 PM »
Thanks a bunch y'all, I don't think I would have got this fixed without y'all :) It wasn't exactly a problem with Arial (not in the sense that reinstalling Arial would fix the issue) but a problem with my Helvetica font.


Google Chrome has a feature where you can "inspect" elements of web pages.
Screenshot - 2_8_2009 , 5_32_04 PM.png

When I inspected that section of text it said the font was helvetica.
Screenshot - 2_8_2009 , 5_38_37 PM.pngSome webpages are virtually illegible, kerning issue?

I'll spare the details, but seeing that helvetica was the intended font and a little web searching* inspired me to delete my helvetica font file (I don't even know where it came from... Open Office.org maybe?). When I refreshed the web page it was readable again... yay!

*Apparently Helvetica isn't normally installed with Windows so is therefor substituted with Arial.
« Last Edit: February 08, 2009, 06:52:22 PM by Hirudin »