[wp-trac] [WordPress Trac] #36753: Use system fonts for a faster, more native-feeling admin

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Wed May 18 22:54:14 UTC 2016

#36753: Use system fonts for a faster, more native-feeling admin
 Reporter:  helen                          |       Owner:
     Type:  task (blessed)                 |      Status:  new
 Priority:  normal                         |   Milestone:  4.6
Component:  Administration                 |     Version:
 Severity:  normal                         |  Resolution:
 Keywords:  needs-screenshots needs-patch  |     Focuses:  ui

Comment (by mattmiklic):

 Replying to [comment:25 celloexpressions]:
 > We will need to start being much more careful about usage of font
 weights since there may be variations across systems. My suggestion would
 be to update our CSS guidelines to require use of numerical font-weights.
 We also need to audit current uses and adjust them accordingly. Should I
 create a new ticket for this, or can we do it here? Will need to happen in
 4.6 since the change causes issues at least in one spot so far.

 Auditing current usage and standardizing on a handful of weights is a good
 idea. When I initially made this change on WordPress.com, I noticed in a
 few places, fonts were displaying super-thin or super-thick, because
 they'd been specified with a font-weight of something like 100 or 900 in
 CSS. Because only loaded the 300, 400, and 600 weights from Google, we
 never noticed until we switched back to system fonts.

 The SF typeface on iOS and MacOS has nine weights. On Windows, there are
 five weights of Segoe UI. It's less of an issue on Android/ChromeOS, which
 only makes two weights (regular and bold) of Roboto available on the web
 (more weights are available in native Android apps, but only those two
 load in Chrome/Android). Not sure about the Linux flavors, off the top of
 my head.

 You can use [http://mattmiklic.github.io/systemfontsarethebestfonts the
 test page I created] to compare weights of Open Sans against your current
 device's system fonts.

Ticket URL: <https://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/36753#comment:32>
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