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Return the html editor back to a sans font instead of the new consolas font

  1. theauspicioussquirrel
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    The new body font, consolas, on the html editor of wordpress.com is hard to read. Many users would like the font returned to the sans type font that it used to be. See http://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic/ugly-font-appears-now-in-html-version

    Posted: 3 years ago #
  2. ontheliner
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    This week's change of bodytype to Consolas in the HTML editor is a blunder of the first order for those of us who work with words for a living. It turns sub-editing into an obstacle course because it simply cannot be read at a glance.

    Consolas doesn't deserve to be called a typeface. It is a scribbler's style, because it breaks all the fundamental rules of readability with its uniform character width and bizarre letter forms - the eye can neither scan it horizontally nor skim vertically. It clearly doesn't lend itself to kerning, which is a fundamental technique for helping letters to hang together in familiar word forms. Instead, it demands to be read letter by letter, as if we are children running our fingers along the line.

    Adults do not read that way. We read by recognising whole word-forms, phrases and sentences. This scribble of a typeface disregards the intuitive way the eye absorbs sense from a page of well line-spaced type. Consolas has no noticeable leading at all.

    Consolas makes text editing impossible because the HTML code becomes even more indistinguishable from the text than before. Copy-editing in the Visual Editor is not an option when it results in so much junk code being introduced, requiring long sessions of painstaking unpicking.

    For a few days the HTML editor enjoyed the same crisp sans face (Helvetica?) that makes the new dashboard so easy on the eye. So why the change? An alternative fixed-width option would be a typewriter-style font such as Courier because it has a consistent x-height and slab serifs to establish each line horizontally, and to enable quick reading.

    WordPress once enjoyed the reputation of being the host of choice for serious-minded bloggers. But Consolas runs counter-intuitive to the way wordsmiths work.

    Posted: 3 years ago #
  3. Justin Tadlock
    Member

    12345

    +1

    Posted: 3 years ago #
  4. warrior1007
    Member

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    I second that motion! Well, fourth it, anyway. I hate that horrible and nearly illegible font. One of the first things I learned back in the old days (when I coded sites by hand on Notepad) was to always keep web usability and legibility topmost in mind after the content itself.

    Whoever chose that awful font was certainly not thinking of the users or usability.

    Please return it to a nice legible Helvetica, Arial, something sans serif or even good old Times New Roman or generic serif. Getting rid of distractions? NOT!

    For the love of God, man/woman, why fix it if it ain't broke?!

    Lee (who is otherwise and has long been a very happy and contented fan of all things WordPress)

    Posted: 3 years ago #
  5. MMADfan
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    I agree. It is ugly, difficult to impossible to read, difficult to scan the post or page text in order to find the bit of html code that needs editing, and looks like something that would have been state-of-the-art in about 1979 (and I know 1979!). Editing or composing a blog post in an html editor is not the same as writing lines of code. If one is writing lines of code, that's what one should see -- lines of code. When editing a blog post, the primary content is prose (or occasionally poetry) and images, with the html there to provide formatting when the post is viewed on the web. There's a big difference between the needs of a coder and someone who is blogging. Not to mention that it's user-unfriendly for anyone with any vision problems.

    So I'm voting to change it back to the original font.

    Posted: 3 years ago #
  6. I to think the new font is hard to read and look's as if a child was writing the post, let's go back to the san's font, if it's not broken why try to fix it.

    Posted: 3 years ago #
  7. Saildude
    Member

    The new font was a great leap backwards into the deep dark hole.

    Please put a font back that is easy to read -

    Posted: 3 years ago #
  8. David Bennett
    Member

    The font size is too small, in my opinion. It makes everything in Admin less pleasant.

    Posted: 3 years ago #
  9. Zebathome
    Member

    I preferred the other font too, I find this one harder to read. I am a wordpress.com user but I understand that we can register and express an opinion here in support of this Idea. Thank you for allowing me to do this.

    Posted: 3 years ago #
  10. Panadam
    Member

    Seconded.

    The rationale behind this change is that code must be in monospace. More often than not, the content of the HTML editor isn't code, it's text, with some code. So the monospace argument holds for the CSS editor only, not the HTML editor.

    Posted: 3 years ago #

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