Ugly fonts whith Core2

Daniel Stonier snorri_dj at
Sat Jun 5 19:50:58 UTC 2004

On Sat, 5 Jun 2004 21:28:12 +0200, Patrice Brockhaus <patrice at> 

> Can you explain the difference in mozilla-settings between proportional,
> serif, sans-serif, cursive, fixed fonts? When is one of those specific 
> fonts used?

Can't say much about KDE as I dont use it, but for mozilla you have to 
a little about how web pages are written. The newer html standards are 
several generic font families, so a web page (and its elements) can 
which one of the "serif, sans-serif, cursive etc" font families it wants 
to use
for display. You as a user then decide which font you want to represent 
that family -
this means you can use the font that renders best on your machine to view 
the web page.

Unfortunately back to the real world. Most web pages give the browser a 
of fonts to display it in, in order of preference. e.g.

	Arial, Helvetica, Times-New-Roman, ....

If you dont have any of these it will use some default font depending on 
element (what you might have for serif or sans-serif etc).

Now if you move some fonts over from a Microsoft system alot of
web pages will over-ride these settings you see for fonts within Mozilla.
For example, moving Arial on to your system will cause Mozilla to render
in Arial if the web page has the above specification.

How well mozilla renders these microsoft fonts I'm not sure - dont use it 

> Why are there only so few fonts available for "proportional" in mozilla 
> and for "fixed" in KDE-control-center?

Not sure what proportional does, but "fixed" is (correct me if I'm wrong)
the same as monospace. Each letter is the same width - important for
fonts used by things such as terminals (xterm, eterm etc).


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