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Opened 7 months ago

Last modified 4 months ago

#45881 assigned enhancement

Twenty Nineteen: Remove Baskerville Old Face from the font stack

Reported by: kjellr Owned by: laurelfulford
Milestone: 5.3 Priority: normal
Severity: normal Version:
Component: Bundled Theme Keywords: has-patch
Focuses: Cc:


As per discussion on GitHub:


Baskerville Old Face:

  • Is difficult to read due to its mix of thin and thick strokes
  • Has poor language/extended character support
  • Does not reliably have other weights/styles (bold, italic, etc), so needs to rely on browser approximations of those variants.

The next fonts down the stack (Garamond and Times) are more properly aligned to the appearance of the top-level serif font in the stack (Hoefler Text), and work better in its place.

Baskerville Old Face:


Garamond (Will replace Baskerville Old Face):


Times New Roman (Fallback):


Attachments (1)

45881.patch (10.3 KB) - added by kjellr 7 months ago.

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Change History (5)

7 months ago

#1 @laurelfulford
7 months ago

  • Milestone changed from Awaiting Review to Future Release

#2 @juliemarteau
5 months ago

When the patch will be included in the theme? Can it be included in the next WordPress 5.2 release?
I've got some feedbacks from my website's visitors that the text is hard to read. I think it's a much needed fix.

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4 months ago

#4 @laurelfulford
4 months ago

  • Milestone changed from Future Release to 5.3
  • Owner set to laurelfulford
  • Status changed from new to assigned
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