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Safe fonts for web sites

forsterbalcke
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Safe fonts for web sites

Stupid me, have only just discovered that GIL SANS displays as TIMES NEW ROMAN when viewed on zanything other than an Apple Mac!
It make my near 100 page web site looks rubbish!
CALIBRI has been recommended to me and t looks close to GILL SANS on my front page, see: http://www.holywellhousepublishing.co.uk/
Which is listed here as a safe font: http://dustinbrewer.com/fonts-on-the-web-and-a-list-of-web-safe-fonts/
But I have nearly a 100 pages - some with thousands of words on them!

TWO QUESTIONS:
CALIBRI came with VISTA so may NOT be installed on older PCs. Comments please?
And is there any way I can "automate" a font change throughout my site?
Bill Forster
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Oldjim
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Re: Safe fonts for web sites

Are you using a css style sheet as this would make it easy to define an alternate font
forsterbalcke
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Re: Safe fonts for web sites

No, I'm not, Jim.
Heard of them but have never really grasped what they are & how to use them.
Are they supported by KOMPOZER, my web editor?
From your post I would guess that they can't be  applied retrospectively?
Bill
PS You look older than me - but I suspect you aren't!
Oldjim
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Re: Safe fonts for web sites

A quick search shows that you can't do a global search and replace using Kompozer but Arachnophilia might do what you want http://www.website-building-for-beginners.com/free-web-design-software.html
forsterbalcke
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Re: Safe fonts for web sites

Thanks, Jim.
I might give it a try but I'm an old dog & a slow learner & nervous about wrecking the site by one clumsy careless key stroke ...
Bill
Oldjim
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Re: Safe fonts for web sites

You should do it off line after backing everything up - you do back up frequently don't you
Penny
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Re: Safe fonts for web sites

Quote from: forsterbalcke
is there any way I can "automate" a font change throughout my site

Hi Bill,
Just looked at your source code and given it contains html like    font face="Gill Sans"    (have left out the chevrons because not sure how they'd display on here), you should be able to change all your pages at once, using Arachnophilia.
It's free ("careware") software - I use the legacy version at http://www.arachnoid.com/arachnophilia/index_old.html (no java, etc.) and it's been trouble-free for over 12 years now.
All you do is open the program, highlight all the pages-to-be-changed on Windows Explorer (or whatever the Vista equivalent is), and drag and drop.  It will find-and-replace on 100 pages at once without any problem, so long as they're less than say 100Kb in size - the whole process shouldn't take you more than five minutes, at the outside.
I could never have done the site pagebuilding here without it : /  though I have to admit, in the early days, I did always make a back-up copy of everything, just in case, before making lots of changes at once Smiley
Best regards,
Penny.
... oh, just seen Oldjim has posted about Arachnophilia, also.  It's awesome software : D
Penny Rollo * Force 9 from 17/02/98 * PlusNet from 2000 onwards
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Pettitto
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Re: Safe fonts for web sites

If you fancy trying some Web Development offline, you might find XAMPP handy.
Further information on this can be found here: http://www.apachefriends.org/en/xampp.html
I use that quite a lot before making pages live Smiley
forsterbalcke
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Re: Safe fonts for web sites

I'm an Apple Mac user - and my laptop backs up my Time Capsule automatically  with WiFi.
But, thank goodness, I have never needed to use it.
I need to save changes before I can view them with Safari, the Mac browser.
I guess, belt & braces, I can burn the site onto a DVD before meddling with it.
Ad if it is OK offline on my M ac I can then use FileZila to put on the server.
But that could also take a long time.
Just thinking aloud ...
Bill