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Totally perplexed, fonts rendering bad on Windows (IE & Firefox)

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is almost complete but I tested it with a Windows machine and font looks terrible. It looks perfect on My Mac with both firefox and safari. But with windows XP / 2000 with both Firefox and IE it looks aweful.

I also had friends around the world try it and it looked aweful to them as well in IE.

Any advice would really be appreciated. I know it has something to do with fonts but what ... im not sure

G4 Powerbook, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
  • James Tseng Level 6 Level 6 (12,120 points)
    This may be a difference in how Lucida Grand looks crossplatform. Usually, in these types of situations I would recommend trying to force iWeb to convert the text into a graphic so that it is an exact representation of what you see in iWeb. You can do this by applying a very minimally intrusive drop shadow to all of the text in iWeb. Of course, this may possibly increase loading times for your page.

    Is this one of Suzanne's templates? I seem to remember something similar from her. Maybe she might have some insight into improving things for you.
  • James Tseng Level 6 Level 6 (12,120 points)
    I don't think anything has changed really. I have come to accept that there are differences in how fonts are displayed between Macs and PCs. I think it has to do with anti-aliasing of the onscreen fonts. A font can look differently depending on how much anti-aliasing is used...and there are settings for when to use anti-aliasing according to the size of the font, too. I have also seen differences when viewed on CRT monitors vs. LCD, and I know there are anti-aliasing settings for difference display technologies, too.

    You and Suzanne are probably correct....probably choosing some other font that looks good to you crossplatform is easiest, since there are so many different text areas.


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