[wp-trac] [WordPress Trac] #8541: Don’t use Lucida Sans. It only has Latin-1

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Tue Dec 9 15:32:24 GMT 2008

#8541: Don’t use Lucida Sans.  It only has Latin-1
 Reporter:  demetris  |       Owner:           
     Type:  defect    |      Status:  new      
 Priority:  normal    |   Milestone:  2.7      
Component:  UI        |     Version:  2.7      
 Severity:  normal    |    Keywords:  has-patch
 Lucida Sans only has Latin-1 and 242 glyphs.  The first proper Windows
 font in the admin stylesheets, Verdana, has 913 glyphs and also supports
 Greek and Cyrillic.

 Since Lucida Sans is before Verdana in the stylesheet, and since Lucida
 Sans is not uncommon on Windows systems, in the Greek interface I see
 blocks of text in mixed fonts.  For example, pieces like this one, from
 Reading Settings:

 Η κωδικοσελίδα του ιστολογίου σας (συνιστούμε UTF-8)

 I suppose the same will be the case in languages that use the Cyrillic

 Also, the colour of these descriptions (#999) is too light, even for
 extraneous or unimportant information, which “.setting-description” pieces
 are not.

 I’m submitting a patch that removes Lucida Sans instances, changes the
 #999 of some classes to #666, and also moves a Bitstream Vera Sans that
 had been left before Verdana.

 PS.  Lucida Sans has another problem in Greek text:  it includes one
 single Greek character (pi), which appears in Greek text in the midst of
 the glyphs of the first fallback font producing a sight singularly ugly!
 Seriously! :-)

Ticket URL: <http://trac.wordpress.org/ticket/8541>
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