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Opened 10 months ago

Closed 8 weeks ago

#45881 closed enhancement (fixed)

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:
PR Number:

Description

As per discussion on GitHub:

https://github.com/WordPress/twentynineteen/issues/737

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:

https://cldup.com/x_o4BHtNws-2000x2000.png

Garamond (Will replace Baskerville Old Face):

https://cldup.com/NpDakLN0d9-1200x1200.png

Times New Roman (Fallback):

https://cldup.com/2iHQYmK74L-2000x2000.png

Attachments (1)

45881.patch (10.3 KB) - added by kjellr 10 months ago.

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Change History (6)

@kjellr
10 months ago

#1 @laurelfulford
9 months ago

  • Milestone changed from Awaiting Review to Future Release

#2 @juliemarteau
7 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.

This ticket was mentioned in Slack in #core-themes by kjell. View the logs.


6 months ago

#4 @laurelfulford
6 months ago

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

#5 @SergeyBiryukov
8 weeks ago

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from assigned to closed

In 45919:

Twenty Nineteen: Remove Baskerville Old Face from the font stack due to several shortcomings:

  • Being difficult to read due to its mix of thin and thick strokes.
  • Having poor language/extended character support.
  • Not having other weights/styles (bold, italic, etc) and relying 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.

Props kjellr, Rarst, justintadlock.
Fixes #45881.

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