[cvsnt] one time checkout files

Gerhard Fiedler lists at connectionbrazil.com
Tue Sep 19 03:30:23 BST 2006

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Bo Berglund wrote:

> On Mon, 18 Sep 2006 08:56:11 -0300, Gerhard Fiedler
> <lists at connectionbrazil.com> wrote:

>> AFAIK, it's not easy to define specific fonts in web pages -- they must
>> be present on a user's system, and that's not easy to guarantee across
>> platforms and systems. 
> Well, I believe that it *is* very easy to add a stylesheet reference
> inside the head tag of any website page [...]

Agreed, but that wasn't what I meant. My phrase is a bit unclear.

>   font-family: arial, helvetica, sans-serif;
> [...]
> This font family makes it easy to see the difference between the
> number one (1) and lowercase letter L (l), which is not possible on
> the current manual page.

That depends on the fonts present on the target system (this is what I
meant). The sans-serif font present on any user's system may be worse.
Also, Arial is not particularly good in making the difference between an I
(uppercase i) and an l (lowercase L) obvious -- so I'm not so sure whether
that's a real improvement :)

>   font-size: 10pt;

BTW, this is not always nice. People with visual disabilities often need
text big. Most browsers allow to set defaults that make text bigger than
normal, and they may have used this to adapt it to their needs. With such a
hardcoded size definition (as opposed to using values like "smaller" and
"larger" or a percentage) you force the user's display (at least initially)
unnecessarily. Maybe this http://wilk4.com/webdevres/fontcss3.htm (lots of
other discussions on the topic around).

Speaking of defaults, since no font is specified in the online manual, the
browser uses the default font, which you can (or should be able to) modify.
Most browsers probably default to a serif font for standard text, because
these are generally considered to be easier to read (AFAIK). But if you
prefer Arial, it might be a good idea to set your browser's default to


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