[Posted and mailed]
> Can anyone recommend any decent font-packages for use with X11 (3.3.2)
> and Communicator 4.07, please? Some of the web-pages I've been viewing
> recently look like they were written on an old typewriter - definitely
> NOT pretty!
I'd recommend you get xfsft
(http://www.dcs.ed.ac.uk/home/jec/programs/xfsft/) and (dare I say it) the
TrueType fonts for the web that Microsoft has made available
(http://www.microsoft.com/typography/fontpack/default.htm). The problem,
basically, is that most scaleable fonts, particularly when rendered by X,
look pretty bad at screen resolutions; and non-scaleable fonts look bad
when an application attempts to scale them. The people Microsoft hired to
do the fonts on their web page, though, spent the time to properly hint
them for display at screen resolutions, so they look very good like that.
Personally, I use Verdana for web browsing.
Also, know that Netscape will attempt to honor font-change requests
embedded in web pages. Thus, if a web page designer specifies Times,
Netscape will look for Times and use it if it's available. This can be
very bad if you have a poor version of Times for display, or if the web
designer selected a font that you don't like or that displays poorly at
the specified size (not at all uncommon, sadly, since some web page
designers come from the paper publishing field and can't seem to
comprehend that not everybody will have the exact same fonts and screen
resolutions they've got). Anyhow, you can tell Netscape to ignore such
font change requests, though this will sometimes cause web pages to
display strangely. It's a no-win situation, unfortunately. Complain to
the designers of such pages, and point them to
http://www.anybrowser.org/campaign/ for some education.
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