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Opened 7 years ago

Closed 7 years ago

#17743 closed defect (bug) (fixed)

Helvetica Neue Light has issues on some systems and with some font weights

Reported by: tonyjansen_nl Owned by: azaozz
Milestone: 3.2 Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version:
Component: UI Keywords:
Focuses: Cc:



Chrome on left, Safari on right. Both latest versions on Win 7 64bit with a helvetica neue light typeface installed on the system.

It's a hard one to pin down, but basically it comes down to light faces having a hard time scaling when you set weight in numerics. From a typography standpoint, you don't set weights on a weight-typed typeface like "Light".

The types aren't designed and hinted for that. If you use those, you treat them like regular. So, if you want to variate with weight here, use the regular Helvetica Neue.

Change History (5)

#1 @nacin
7 years ago

This ticket was created by nacin.

Further reported by dd32 in IRC: 200|300|400 all look the same in the browsers ihe has (opera, chome, and IE), aside from firefox.

#2 @tonyjansen_nl
7 years ago

Also, FF4 has the most advanced type rendering engine/features in place of all of the modern browsers. It's a good base-line test for checking type in browsers. If it looks "wrong" in FF4, chances are it is "wrong".

#3 @dd32
7 years ago

Further to this, Here's another screenshot: Opera, firefox 4.0.1, and Chrome on Windows 7: http://dd32.id.au/uploads/2011/06/ff401headings.jpg

Upping the font-weight to either 300, 400, or 'normal' looks the same to me, and seems to work in the other browsers.

#4 @tonyjansen_nl
7 years ago

  • Cc info@… added

#5 @azaozz
7 years ago

  • Owner set to azaozz
  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from new to closed

In [18230]:

H2 font weight = normal as Helvetica Neue Light doesn't scale well for lighter setting, props dd32, fixes #17743

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