Monday, April 24, 2006

Look Ma! Left And Right Justification!

Well, look it here. I've finally discovered the left and right justification buttons! Oh, it's getting good now. I can feel the blog coming alive. Now if I only had a paragraph's worth of stuff to write so you could see the vast improvement. I'm also experimenting with new fonts. This is Trebuchet. Never heard of this one, but I'm hoping it's a little easier to tell the difference between a "w" and two "v's." Any other thoughts?

No, I don't like Trebuchet. How about this one? Plain old Courier. And I'm wondering why they look so different on the blog than they do in the editing phase?


At 6:45 AM, April 25, 2006, Anonymous Rachel said...

How about arial?

At 7:11 AM, April 25, 2006, Blogger beth said...

Trebuchet is fun to say though - kind of reminds me of those medieval seige know, the trebuchet? :)

Courier is ...well...courier. Definitely clear. Arial is nice. Times is also good. But whatever you were using was fine as far as I could see too - so maybe I'm just not font-sensitive. So...I guess it's just up to you to do what seems good, regardless of your justification.

(Yeah, ok, bad pun, but it had to be said.)

At 9:58 AM, April 25, 2006, Blogger Eric said...

Trebuchet is a font developed by (or at least commissioned by) Microsoft specifically for websites. It's part of the Verdana/Georgia/Comic Sans MS package of standard fonts for IE. It's a bit dated (as in, "that's sooo 2001!"), but it has the distinction of once being James Lileks's choice for The Bleat. In fact, it was even my typeface choice on the Gazette in the early days, in an abject and completely unacknowleged display of suckuppery to that blogging bard.

And, to answer your question about why things look different before and after posting, I assume that it's because the draft text is unstyled...your blog's style sheet kicks in only for things that actually get posted. Just a guess, though; that's how it works on Movable Type.

If you really want to change your blog's readability, play around with the line-height element in your style sheet.

[And, by the way, you're so sweet to do a font-related post just for me! ;)]

At 10:06 AM, April 25, 2006, Blogger Eric said...

Oh, and I almost forgot: the ability to distinguish betvveen two "v"s and one "w" is highly overrated.* In fact, I'm seriously considering converting the Gazette to the "double-v" convention. VVhat do you think of that...vvill anyone notice?

[*The lone exception to this appears to be your comment captcha, which is annoyingly narrovv-minded and literal vvhen it comes to inputting letters. VVork on that, vvill you?]

At 10:07 AM, April 25, 2006, Blogger Eric said...

And, it's harder than it looks to type tvvo "v"s instead of one "w." I see I missed at least one in the preceding comment.

[And your captcha is just messing with my mind, now: "avwojv" indeed.]

At 10:46 AM, April 25, 2006, Blogger Jen said...

I'm fond of Georgia, the font.

captcha: jyorg


At 12:06 PM, April 25, 2006, Blogger Gwynne said...

How about arial?

I thought maybe the default that I've been using was Arial, but it seems like an elongated (vertically enhanced) version. I think Eric is right, the readability might be improved with a line height adjustment, but I don't see where I can do that with Blogger. I've only got 8 font choices also, but Georgia is one of them, so I gave that a whirl. I think jyorg must be the Georgian (Russian) spelling. ;-)

Eric, you used Trebuchet? You, the Master of Fonts? I've never noticed it in the list of standard MS fonts but I dislikes it. I mean, just look at that post. What kind of "v" merges with the apostrophe like that?! Completely unacceptable. But I vvill vvork vvith my captcha keeper...vve'vve had a fevv issues like this and she's really starting to annoy me. ;-)

See, like now...she's starting to get a little attitude: "likbs"

At 12:49 PM, April 25, 2006, Blogger Eric said...

Perhaps your captcha isn't really a "she," but a "he." I always wondered where HAL ended up.

Georgia is a very classy font, if you like serifs, but the thing I like about it best is the oldstyle numerals.

At 2:32 PM, April 25, 2006, Blogger Gwynne said...

HAL? Should I know HAL?

Yes, I like my serifs. That was the main reason to search for a new font, and the reason I don't care so much for arial. I'll have to do a post with numbers in it to appreciate Georgia's full beauty.

At 8:55 PM, April 25, 2006, Blogger Eric said...

Yeah, HAL from "2001 A Space Odyssey." You know, the computer with a mind of its own.

HAL. Everyone knows HAL.

And we LIKE HAL...yes we do. We like him very very much (back slowly toward the door and don't make eye contact...)

At 11:05 AM, April 26, 2006, Blogger Gwynne said...

Ah, that HAL! ;-) You think? You think he's responsible for the captchas? I would have expected much more from him. But maybe.

Oh, and thanks for sharing your font knowledge. We can all benefit from a little font sensitivity training now and then. ;-)


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