Bug 499498 - Use Sans Serif font by default on webpages.
Use Sans Serif font by default on webpages.
Status: CLOSED CANTFIX
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: firefox (Show other bugs)
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Reported: 2009-05-06 17:12 EDT by You
Modified: 2009-05-06 18:58 EDT (History)
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Description You 2009-05-06 17:12:57 EDT
Description of problem:
Firefox seems to use "Serif" as the default font setting. This is generally ok, but most website designers use Windows, and can assume that a sans serif font will be use by default.

This can make sites like BBC News look "less good" on Linux without changing the settings to default to Sans Serif. Admittedly this is a personal choice preference and Linux is Not Windows(TM), but in this case I see no reason to be different for the sake of being different.
Comment 1 Matěj Cepl 2009-05-06 18:58:07 EDT
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> This can make sites like BBC News look "less good" on Linux without changing
> the settings to default to Sans Serif. Admittedly this is a personal choice
> preference and Linux is Not Windows(TM), but in this case I see no reason to be
> different for the sake of being different.  

a) I would question your assumption that Windows (I guess you mean Firefox on Widnows) uses Sans Serif per default. I don't have a time now to check it, but IIRC it was Serif as well.
b) This is very much decided by upstream (which is one more reason I believe there is no difference between Linux and Windows version).

If you can reproduce the problem with upstream binary, then I would suggest to file a bug (or find the one -- there must be dozen of them) and do the communication there.

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