Re: Deseret Unicode

From: Doug Ewell (
Date: Mon Apr 25 2005 - 22:47:21 CST

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    Erik van der Poel <erik at vanderpoel dot org> wrote:

    > In theory, the text should be displayed no matter what fonts are
    > specified in the style sheets. If I recall correctly, the CSS spec
    > that the browser should try the fonts listed in the property in the
    > order found there, and may then fall back to other fonts in the

    Most style sheets end their font-family lists with "serif" or
    "sans-serif," and I think if it gets to that point, the browser can be
    considered to have done its job if it picks (respectively) any old serif
    or sans-serif font its heart desires.

    The style sheet applied to the Deseret "What Is Unicode?" page includes
    the following:

    P {
     COLOR: #000000; FONT-FAMILY: Arial, Geneva, sans-serif;

    Since every Windows system has Arial, and (IIRC) every Mac has Geneva,
    no browser on either of these platforms ever gets a chance to choose a
    font with better coverage.

    Doug Ewell
    Fullerton, California

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