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Issue with Fonts / Misleading Preview

Explorer ,
May 02, 2024 May 02, 2024

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When html-page uses a font-family tag, the result is different in a web browser from what Dreamweaver shows in preview. Especially, number 0 shows in the browser with diagonal line inside the number. This may be misleading and affect readability. Thanks.

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Community Expert , May 03, 2024 May 03, 2024

Well that's your problem.  Use universal character encoding of UTF-8, not iso-8859-1.

 
And by the way, your document type is outdated.  You should update to HTML5 to support modern devices.
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May 02, 2024 May 02, 2024

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Are you using Live View when you are previewing in Dreamweaver? Could you show a screenshot of what you are seeing?

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May 02, 2024 May 02, 2024

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Hello,

I'm referring to the preview pane above the html-code pane in the split view of the Dreamviewer main pane. Thanks.

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May 02, 2024 May 02, 2024

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You can't predict which fonts are available on all devices so you make a font-family from a web-safe list of fonts with similar characteristics.

 

As an example,

body {

font-family: Calibri, Candara, Segoe, Segoe UI, Optima, Arial, sans-serif;
font-size: calc(16px + 1vw);
line-height: calc(1.1em + 0.5vw);

}

 

When 1st font isn't available, the 2nd font is displayed, or the 3rd or 4th, etc... until one matches the device fonts.

 

As seen in Dreamweaver Live View.

image.png

 

As seen in latest Firefox desktop browser:

image.png

 

Since this is being viewed from the same device, the fonts are identical.

On another device, the fonts may be different.

 

If you're experiencing other problems, be sure to validate code and fix reported errors.

HTML  https://validator.w3.org/

CSS   https://jigsaw.w3.org/css-validator/

 

Hope that helps.

 

Nancy O'Shea— Product User, Community Expert & Moderator
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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May 02, 2024 May 02, 2024

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Thanks for the overview. However, using the Lucida Grande...Verdana font family on the same device, the number 0 had apparently changed to the font with a diagonal line inside the character in Chrome/Mac/Monterey.

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Thanks for the overview. However, using the Lucida Grande...Verdana font family on the same device, the number 0 had apparently changed to the font with a diagonal line inside the character in Chrome/Mac/Monterey.


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The only time I have seen strange font behavior on a Mac prior is when there is a corrupt font on the system. Has this problem only started to occur recently, and if so, can you try disabling some of the newly installed fonts to see if this remedies the issue. 

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Which language & character set are defined in your HTML document?

 

HTML5 Example:

<!doctype html>
<html lang="en">
<head>
<meta charset="utf-8">

 

 

Nancy O'Shea— Product User, Community Expert & Moderator
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="iso-8859-1"?>
<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN"
"http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">

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Well that's your problem.  Use universal character encoding of UTF-8, not iso-8859-1.

 
And by the way, your document type is outdated.  You should update to HTML5 to support modern devices.
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Read chapters & do code exercises
- https://www.w3schools.com/html/
- https://www.w3schools.com/css/
 
 
 
Nancy O'Shea— Product User, Community Expert & Moderator
Alt-Web Design & Publishing ~ Web : Print : Graphics : Media

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Thanks, I appreciate it.

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