December 04, 2003

Eunuch's fonts

Why is it that UNIX-based Windowing systems never get the font/typeface support right? While the rest of us Wintel-addicts are revelling in the glories of perfectly rendered, sublimely aliased, pitch-perfect Verdana, nestling gently up against Tahoma, and fondling Trebuchet, UNIX refugees bravely face the world, a blocky Arial their only weapon?

Look, UNIXy layout applications always got it right at the printer level. Which is way too late. At least on the Wintel boxes, those ever-fewer blue-screens-of-death look damn good.

I'm using Oskar's computer at the moment and I'm feeling visually assaulted by all these errant pixels.

Kern, baby, kern.

  :::  a Rant ritual performed at 10:11 AM   :::   ritual observers [4]   :::  


It's a bit of a long trip, but you should see my (FreeBSD) desktop. No errant pixels here! It was even automatically set up when I installed the packages.

Debian (which I'm guessing Oskar is using) seems a bit behind in this user-friendly regard based on my recent attempts to build a Debian desktop. Once I've figured out what's necessary, I'll be sure to tell you so you can enjoy nice fonts on his machine.

(OS X puts Windows to shame in this department. Like in most departments really...)

Posted by: Neil Blakey-Milner at December 4, 2003 11:03 AM

Microsoft True Type Core Fonts
(msttcorefonts) (downloadable at )

Posted by: Lloyd at December 5, 2003 09:28 AM

Indeed - it pains me, a humble designer, too. Sometimes programmers should not be allowed to access the presentation layer of anything that would be seen by other innocent people.

Posted by: MordracK at December 5, 2003 11:04 AM

Indeed. Case in point: ATM screens.

I can't live without my Verdana.

Posted by: rory at December 5, 2003 11:12 AM
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