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# 182512 19-Oct-2015 09:20
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I find the font and font size used on Geek Zone forums is much harder to read than other forums I am on.  I had a look in my profile but couldn't spot it.  Where can you change the default font or font size?

I would like to use the font that is used with the other parts of Geek Zone.  It is much easier to read.




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  # 1409014 19-Oct-2015 09:22
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As far as I know, the only way to change the font is in a user stylesheet, which can be tricky to set up. Details should be in your Web browser's help file if you want to go down that path.

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  # 1409562 20-Oct-2015 07:27
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You can always use your browsers Zoom controls.

I use Firefox for Mac OS with a magic mouse, if you hold down the Command ⌘ key and stroke a magic mouse it zooms in & out.

Just a thought.




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  # 1409566 20-Oct-2015 07:47
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Ctrl & "+" or hold down Ctrl and use your mouse scroll wheel (on a PC) works for me. 




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  # 1409568 20-Oct-2015 07:57
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freitasm:

 

Which pages are hard and which ones are easier to read?

 



The home page is easy to read.  This page is hard to read.

I just took a look using the Chrome developer tools.  The home page uses this font definition:


font-family: Arial, Tahoma, verdana;
font-size: 12px;

While this page uses:

font-family: Tahoma;
font-size: 12px;

So this page is getting rendered in Tahoma, while the home page is using Arial.  When I Google "Tahoma Arial" the first link that comes up says not to use Tahoma as it was not designed for the web.

I vote we ditch Tahoma from the forum style, and adopt the same font list as being used on the rest of the site.




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  # 1409569 20-Oct-2015 07:58
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FineWine: You can always use your browsers Zoom controls.

I use Firefox for Mac OS with a magic mouse, if you hold down the Command ⌘ key and stroke a magic mouse it zooms in & out.

Just a thought.


Its a bit of a pain in the arse to do that for just one web site all the time.  I also see the main style sheet reset the zoom to "1", so your zoom level will keep getting reset when you go in and out.




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  # 1409571 20-Oct-2015 08:05
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On most pages the font is Arial, but in the forums it looks like Verdana when you enter it and Tahoma when it's displayed on the page.  You might be able to change the way these are displayed by your browser but it will depend on which browser you're using.

 
 
 
 




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  # 1409572 20-Oct-2015 08:05
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I found this Wikipedia article about the "Core Fonts for the Web", and Tahoma is not listed.  Microsoft never intended Tahoma to be used on web sites.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Core_fonts_for_the_Web




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  # 1409573 20-Oct-2015 08:09
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Also just remembered there is this Firefox add-on Theme Font & Size Changer that is if you use FireFox.




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  # 1409574 20-Oct-2015 08:12
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pdath:
FineWine: You can always use your browsers Zoom controls.

I use Firefox for Mac OS with a magic mouse, if you hold down the Command ⌘ key and stroke a magic mouse it zooms in & out.

Just a thought.


Its a bit of a pain in the arse to do that for just one web site all the time.  I also see the main style sheet reset the zoom to "1", so your zoom level will keep getting reset when you go in and out.


I find it only affects THAT website not any others as the change is kept as cookie - I think - so it sticks to the chosen size till you change it again, anyway it only affects GeekZone.




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  # 1409600 20-Oct-2015 08:59
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Thanks folks. I have noticed problems with the site on mobile as well so I might have a look at this during the weekend and work towards a better CSS.






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  # 1409804 20-Oct-2015 13:47
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pdath: I found this Wikipedia article about the "Core Fonts for the Web", and Tahoma is not listed.  Microsoft never intended Tahoma to be used on web sites.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Core_fonts_for_the_Web


That list also includes Comic Sans, which totally brings out the font snob in me:


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  # 1409849 20-Oct-2015 14:54
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Just checked and pdath is right.

Looking at the font for this reply, it also looks easier to read than the forum text.

Thanks for offering to have a look MF.

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  # 1409899 20-Oct-2015 16:03
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Just putting my 2cents in as well. Most websites are moving toward 16px as base font size - for readability - perhaps it is worth looking into that as well.




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