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Use a Gov't Approved Font [Feb. 3rd, 2004|09:56 am]
Nicodemus
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Font selections are very important. The government knows this. That's why they announced that the official government font will be switching from Courier to Times New Roman as of this month. (Note that they have an exception for documents bound for the president. One may infer that these should be written in Dingbat.)

I'm so bummed they didn't pick Garamond, a much more elegant font. Make it your web browser's default font to improve the look and feel of the whole Internet!

In other news, the government also announced that all TPS reports must use the new cover sheet. Any official at a press conference should also wear appropriate pieces of flair. Blue ties count double.
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[User Picture]From: traveller_blues
2004-02-03 06:38 pm (UTC)
When I read the one about the ties and President Bush asks, 'Red tie, or the blue tie?' I have to wonder how many people like me wondered if that was supposed to be a Matrix reference.

"You wear the blue tie, you wake up in the morning, and the story ends..."

-Traveller
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[User Picture]From: twopiearr
2004-02-03 06:38 pm (UTC)
Could be worse...they could have switched to Arial. (Though one might suppose the Justice Department, to dissuade any possible claims of impropriety vis it's major investigations, would use Helvetica.)

Then again I suppose you could just make your own
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[User Picture]From: twopiearr
2004-02-03 06:39 pm (UTC)

and this is why you should always hit "preview"

d'oh! that ascii code on the end was supposed to be an elipse, not a tm.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2004-02-03 06:44 pm (UTC)

Re: and this is why you should always hit "preview"

Cool! I have, actually, made my own font before. Trouble is, I was using a free tool that didn't provide TTF hinting. That makes it much less useful for anything beyond titles. I'll check out the tool you linked to... Have you used it?
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[User Picture]From: twopiearr
2004-02-03 06:51 pm (UTC)
Not so much "used" as "experimented with"…my goal had been to add a signature character to fonts I use commonly, but I've yet to make an EPS file that really captures what I want. Use of a halfway decent illustration program might help. ;) But this seems reasonably complete…my standard for comparison is an ANCIENT (read: pre FAT-binary on the Mac) version of Fontographer, but this seems up to the task. It actually has one of the more complete interfaces of the X11 apps I've tried, which is a plus - GIMP, for all it's geekstud power, is NOT a user-friendly application - and has more options than I can honestly say I really understand or grok. So my very cursory explorations suggest a positive user experience. :)

(unrelated mini-rant: LJ really needs a method to change the userpic for a comment in the Preview!)
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[User Picture]From: foofers
2004-02-03 07:20 pm (UTC)

Color me paranoid…

Or maybe just old-fashioned. Something doesn’t sit quite right with me in that the new Official Font™ is unavailable in Selectric typewriter ball format. All correspondence must be computer-prepared. When I was a kid…oh, never mind.

Hopefully IRS tax forms won’t have to change. I have a soft spot for Helvetica.
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[User Picture]From: 3catsjackson
2004-02-03 07:42 pm (UTC)
Bah! Times is nearly as bad as Courier. I'm more of a sans-serif man, m'self... give me Verdana over Times any day.
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[User Picture]From: 3catsjackson
2004-02-03 07:44 pm (UTC)

Re:

Realized just after posting that perhaps "sans-serif" is not the best adjective to apply directly to "man". We like our own serifs just fine. So um, I'm a fan of sans-serif. Fonts, that is. There we go, much better.
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[User Picture]From: yippee
2004-02-03 09:20 pm (UTC)
Don't forget your stapler.
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[User Picture]From: zero_wolfe
2004-02-03 09:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, OK...well...I'm gonna set the building on fire.
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