Topography Troubles


I recently upgraded to Chrome 8 and ran into a minor problem. The text-rendering: optimizeLegibility; CSS option now causes hyphenate…

I recently upgraded to Chrome 8 and ran into a minor problem. The text-rendering: optimizeLegibility; CSS option now causes hyphenate.js to display the hyphens in some words all the time. This, obviously, isnít the desired effect I was going for. Because of this I turned off the optimizeLegibility option. I havenít found any bugs or mention of this on the various sites yet. I did some more testing and found that there is subtle kerning going on, but little in the form of ligatures and other font improvements. So, for now, Iíll leave this option in my tool box to come back to at a later date.

I also ran into some issues on my XP systems where the fonts donít render correctly, even though they should be present. I will have to do some validation on other systems before tweaking which fonts the site uses. Iíve been doing some research on font stacks and found a great article at ďA Way BackĒ called Revised Font Stack. It has a recommend stack for ďTrebuchetĒ that should look better on my Windows XP machine. Iíll give it a try and see how it does.

Iím still learning about topography and Iím researching different ideas. To that end, Iíve been reading Nice Web Type and other sites to learn additional techniques for better web topography. As I work to revamp my old ZX81 website, I hope to put some of these new ideas to the test.



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