[Bug 1160935] Webpages that request Helvetica get Nimbus Sans, which has terrible kerning

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Wed Jan 21 15:16:18 UTC 2015


--- Comment #5 from Jason Merrill <jason at redhat.com> ---
Well, it's about the interaction of firefox and the fontconfig setup on a
standard Fedora system; it could be addressed in either place.  I think the
choice of Nimbus Sans was based on metric compatibility, which is less
important for web fonts.

The explanantion of the Chrome behavior seems to be, "Because web pages
themselves (via CSS) provide their own font fallback preferences, Chrome
disregards the font fallback provided by fontconfig except when the fonts
requested by the page don't provide the characters needed."

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