Opinions requested: RT 3.8 typefaces

Over the weekend, Mike at westwideweb.com blogged about some issues he
was seeing in RT’s 3.8’s default font choices on Windows. When I
asked for a bit more detail about what he was seeing, he offered up
some screenshots to prove his point.

Without giving away what he changed, I’ve made up a couple static
versions of an RT homepage. To maintain a thin veneer of ‘science’, I
won’t tell you what’s been changed between the alpha and beta versions
of the page.

What I would like from you, rt-users is as follows:

  • If alpha renders better in your browser, reply to me personally with
    the word “alpha” as the first word of your reply.
  • If beta renders better in your browser, reply to me personally with
    the word “beta” as the first word of your reply.
  • If alpha and beta look the same in your browser, please do not reply
    to this message.

When you reply, it would be helpful if you could tell me what browser
and OS you’re using.

http://fsck.com/~jesse/ab-tests/fonts/alpha/
http://fsck.com/~jesse/ab-tests/fonts/beta/

To read Mike’s original post, you can visit http://xrl.us/oq6mn
(I shortened the link because the title gives away exactly what he
changed.)

Thanks!

Jesse

alpha

Opera 9.51
Linux debian etchOn Mon, 15 Sep 2008 09:23:38 -0400 Jesse Vincent wrote:

Over the weekend, Mike at westwideweb.com blogged about some issues
he was seeing in RT’s 3.8’s default font choices on Windows. When I
asked for a bit more detail about what he was seeing, he offered up
some screenshots to prove his point.

Without giving away what he changed, I’ve made up a couple static
versions of an RT homepage. To maintain a thin veneer of ‘science’,
I won’t tell you what’s been changed between the alpha and beta
versions of the page.

What I would like from you, rt-users is as follows:

  • If alpha renders better in your browser, reply to me personally
    with the word “alpha” as the first word of your reply.
  • If beta renders better in your browser, reply to me personally
    with the word “beta” as the first word of your reply.
  • If alpha and beta look the same in your browser, please do not
    reply to this message.

When you reply, it would be helpful if you could tell me what
browser and OS you’re using.

http://fsck.com/~jesse/ab-tests/fonts/alpha/
http://fsck.com/~jesse/ab-tests/fonts/beta/

To read Mike’s original post, you can visit http://xrl.us/oq6mn
(I shortened the link because the title gives away exactly what he
changed.)

Thanks!

Jesse


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alpha

Although the difference is very, very slight; mostly one of personal
preference (I prefer the @ to extend below the baseline).

Mozilla/5.0 (X11; U; Linux i686; en-US; rv:1.9.0.1) Gecko/2008072820 Firefox/3.0.1

On Ubuntu Hardy Heron, with the msttcorefonts package installed
(provides the Arial TTF font, among others).

The “proper”, standards-compliant way to do this, of course, is to
specify ‘font-family: sans-serif’ and let the browser choose the one it
(or the user) prefers.

Espen Wiborg espen.wiborg@telio.no - Veritas vos liberabit
A mathematician is a device for turning coffee into theorems.
– P. Erdos

Alpha
Firefox 2.0.0.16 on Win XP SP3
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