Monday's lunchtime links

Written by Adrian Holovaty on August 26, 2002

From last week: Zeldman says Show, don't sell when you're trying persuade bosses to use standards-compliant designs. Great reading.

Similarly, today the World Wide Web Consortium published a reader-friendly article, My Web site is standard! And yours? It includes a valuable set of rebuttals to common skeptical comments such as "I don't care about accessibility. People with disabilities are not in my target audience."

Mario Garcia examines newspapers' use of italics in this week's Eyes on the News. I once read somewhere that italics are a definite no-no in Web design because some Mac browsers render them illegibly.


Posted by Jay Small on August 26, 2002, at 8:02 p.m.:

Heh ... Yeah, I remember that beef about Mac browsers and italics! Had to do with whether the stated font was stored on the Mac as a TrueType, system font or Postscript/screen font set. If you called Helvetica and then tried italic sometimes you got in trouble. If you called Geneva (a Mac system font) instead, however, you got a decent italic.

Now, it's been a while since I owned a Mac, but last time I checked, any Mac with Internet Explorer 4 or later installed (which is just about any Mac manufactured in the last few years) also got the Microsoft Web core fonts in TrueType format -- which means calls to italics on a Web page should render with those fonts' true italics much as it does on a PC.

Don't quote me on that. I don't have a Mac handy to test it. :-)

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