Title says it all. Except this time, it’s not just the fonts. No link in a Google results page is clickable: in fact, Google hangs the entire browser (though I can still scroll up and down—yay). The program, after clicking on the close icon, stays in the Task Manager for at least 10 minutes (I force-closed it after that). The fonts are, as before, unresolved:
But, I hear you say, these are all sites that you have done, Jack, or which you’ve modiﬁed, so it’s obviously you being crap at web design. (Forgetting for a moment that these sites all work on Firefox 3, IE8 and Opera; Chrome has some difﬁculties with embedded fonts.)
Fair call. Let’s look at some other sites, then, done by people who have collectively forgotten more about web design than I have ever learned. For this exercise I won’t pick sites that have speciﬁed Verdana and Georgia, because, for some reason, they work ﬁne. Must be Mozilla cosying up to Microsoft or something.
Aisle One. They know a bit about web design.
Hmm. Or This Next?
Now, Creative Review. Surely they will have a good choice of typefaces and have it all working.
Or, you might say, it’s your fonts, Jack. You’ve speciﬁed fonts you’ve designed and they’re obviously not as good as the stuff from your competitors. (Ignoring that of the above, the text set in Lucire works on the This Next site, and my fonts appear in the embedded lines in our own company’s sites.)
I thought Khoi Vinh, the former design director of The New York Times, would know what he was doing. Here’s how his blog looks:
In fact, the only typeface that displays correctly is one of mine. Linotype Helvetica does not.
How about Adobe Systems? They make fonts, and they use specify them on their own site.
Ditto: my font appears, theirs doesn’t. (The Adobe home page is ﬁne: its Myriad embedded font comes down OK; for the Reader page, I have Myriad installed, and I can’t see it in the top line.)
I’m back on the crash-prone Firefox 3 and when I get a bit of time, I’ll send this feedback on to the developers. I hope they get the font issue ﬁxed but in three betas, they haven’t. And I have to search on Duck Duck Go (no complaints there) because Google doesn’t work with Firefox 4.
Given my concerns about Google over the last wee while, that’s one error I can live with—but I doubt if 99-plus per cent of netizens will.
PS. Here is the nearest bug I could ﬁnd, and it has been going on since Beta 1. This user is seeing Neue Helvetica displayed as gibberish—not boxes, but random characters in the correct font. The advice from some Firefox users on the support forum is ‘delete Helvetica, use Arial’. This, to a design professional, is the same as ‘have toothache, pull out all teeth’.