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Render MS fonts with free equivalents

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libervisco's picture
Joined: 2006-05-04

I decided not to install the msfonts package on this installation because it is really nonessential. If you have noticed I have also changed fonts on (and Libervis) from Verdana family (which is an MS font) to free bistream fonts. They actually look better now, to me at least.

However, there are still many sites which seem to use Microsoft's font families which then show quite ugly if you don't have them installed. Sadly, this is one of the bugs even hasn't fixed.

So I would like to set firefox to somehow map these fonts with their free equivalents. So if firefox detects a Verdana family be used on some sites, instead of displaying it like there is no font (hence getting aliased and bad looking text) it would map it with a say bistream vera sans.

I was thinking maybe it can be done with greasemonkey extension. If anyone has any ideas please post here. Smiling

Thank you

free-zombie's picture
Joined: 2006-03-08
hehe recommending

hehe recommending the use of non-free software...
But I cannot help you on the problem :-S

libervisco's picture
Joined: 2006-05-04
They don't really recommend

They don't really recommend it. They use plone, a Free Software CMS, which has this font specified in CSS by default. It is on their list of things that need to be fixed so hopefully it'll be fixed soon.

tbuitenh's picture
Joined: 2005-12-21
I don't know if this will

I don't know if this will work, but maybe putting symlinks with the names of MS fonts in your fonts directory, and then running whatever-command-it-was to update the font database could do the trick.

Yes, that's a dirty hack.

AFAIK greasemonkey only edits the html, not the css, so if the font is specified in a separate css file (rather than inline css) it won't help much here unless you are willing to write greasemonkey scripts for each site.

a thing's picture
Joined: 2005-12-20
get used to it

You'll just get used to it in like a day then forget all about it. Nothing popular uses fonts that are just plain ugly no matter how long you look at them.

libervisco's picture
Joined: 2006-05-04
Well it's not a priority so

Well it's not a priority so there is a good chance I'll get used to it.

However when it comes to looks on my screen I'm quite a perfectionist, and looking at it almost all day it better look good and pleasing. So sooner or later I think I'll want to solve that issue.

I might try what Taco suggested.

Thanks for your replies so far. Smiling

Joined: 2007-04-10
Well, looks

Well, looks okay in my browser, albeit a bit different from some forums. I'm used to GNU/Linux fonts so I don't notice that much difference. But if your concern is that it won't render good in XP, I'm dual booting and it looks fine both ways in FF.

libervisco's picture
Joined: 2006-05-04
Thanks for checking. It's

Thanks for checking. It's good to hear it looks good on both. Smiling

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