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Implemented Change the default post text font

Discussion in 'Closed Suggestions' started by Brogan, Aug 8, 2010.

  1. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I'm not sure if this has been asked before but is there any chance of changing the default post text font?

    The css has this:

    message .messageText, .message .signature {
    font:11pt/1.4 Georgia,"Times New Roman",Times,serif;

    In my opinion this font really doesn't suit the overall XenForo look and style.
    I think something much more modern would be better.

    Is there a reason why this font has been chosen?
     
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  2. Shelley

    Shelley Well-Known Member

    I have to disagree. I like the font used in posts. Infact, I was typing up a thread thanking the devs on the choice of fonts used but got distracted. I disagree with you on this one I feel they fit the overall feel and look around here perfectly.
     
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  3. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    [SIZE=11pt]This is the standard font[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=11pt]The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog[/SIZE]

    The following fonts are 10pt.

    [SIZE=10pt]This is Georgia font[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=10pt]The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog[/SIZE]

    [SIZE=10pt]This is Arial font[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=10pt]The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog[/SIZE]

    [SIZE=10pt]This is Helvetica font[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=10pt]The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog[/SIZE]

    [SIZE=10pt]This is Tahoma font[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=10pt]The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog[/SIZE]

    [SIZE=10pt]This is Verdana font[/SIZE]
    [SIZE=10pt]The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog[/SIZE]
     
  4. random

    random Active Member

    I like the current font... it's easier to read compared to the default font used on most forums :)
     
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  5. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Personally I'm not a fan of serif fonts such as Times New Roman, etc.
    I always prefer sans-serif fonts such as Arial, Verdana, etc.

    Still, it's a simple css edit so no big deal.
     
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  6. Dismal Shadow

    Dismal Shadow Active Member

    I am fine with the current font by default. :)
     
  7. Kier

    Kier XenForo Developer Staff Member

    11pt Georgia was carefully chosen as a font that is pleasurable and rapid to read.

    There's nothing to stop you changing the font in your own version when you buy a license of course - it's a very simple change to make.
     
  8. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks for the answer Kier.
    It's obvious that a lot of thought has gone into all of the elements which make up the software.

    I can see how the default font stands out well and appears bolder.

    It will take up too much horizontal width for my site though so I will have to change it.
    Perhaps I can just get away with reducing it to 10pt.
     
  9. Quillz

    Quillz Well-Known Member

    Can you define what "modern" is supposed to mean? Georgia is a typeface originating in 1993, it's hardly ancient. And new versions of both Georgia and Verdana are due for release later this year.

    If you feel that sans-serif typefaces are more "modern," then go ahead and change the default on your own board. But there is nothing wrong with Georgia as a default typeface, and in fact, it's quite a unique choice, as most tend to default to Arial or Verdana.
     
  10. Kuma

    Kuma Active Member

    I like the font used here. I will consider using Verdana on my own forums, at least for something things :)
     
  11. captainslater

    captainslater Well-Known Member

    Never thought I like a font like Georgia on a forum, but it's very easy to read.
     
  12. Quillz

    Quillz Well-Known Member

    Georgia, Verdana and Arial are said to be web safe fonts, so all of those three work well as defaults. If you leave Georgia as the default, for example, you can have Verdana as a fallback.

    Now in my case, I personally prefer Constantia to Georgia. It's similar, but Constantia is a little nicer, especially with the numerals, in my opinion. But it's not necessarily a web safe font, so I'll make it the default but keep Georgia as the fallback.
     
  13. Dismounted

    Dismounted Well-Known Member

    Personally, I like the font used. It's fresh and interesting in a world where sans serif fonts now dominate.

    Flowery = Serif
    Plainer = Sans Serif

    :cool:
     
  14. Disjunto

    Disjunto Well-Known Member

    And we've already had the serif vs sans-serif debate :D
     
  15. Shamil

    Shamil Well-Known Member

    I quite like the font used here, it's about one of the rare times where I've seen the font work; I don't see a lot of serif fonts.
     
  16. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Anything with an enclosed lower case g or little lips/horizontal ticks on verticals for example I would class as old fashioned.

    Anything without an enclosed lower case g or little lips/horizontal ticks on verticals for example I would class as modern.
     
  17. Disjunto

    Disjunto Well-Known Member

    serif = old
    sans-serif = modern?
     
  18. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    Possibly.

    I haven't checked all of the fonts to see if they follow that rough rule.

    As I said above though, a simple css edit will solve it so it's not an issue at all.
     
  19. Shamil

    Shamil Well-Known Member

    That is what you are implying. All serif fonts have "rough" edges.
     
  20. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    So what if I am?

    Fonts are part of design which is personal opinion.
     

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