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

  1. Panadam
    Member

    By the way, in the wp.com forum we were told that the new font is "part of the core WordPress Dashboard redesign, built on the feedback of millions of WordPress users". I'm seeing slightly less than millions here:
    http://core.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/17640

    Posted: 3 years ago #
  2. Sarzy
    Member

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    YES! I created a forum account just to make this suggestion, actually, and I see it's already here. Please make it an option to use the old font. The new one is too small, too fuzzy and causes some serious eye-strain.

    Posted: 3 years ago #
  3. Chip Bennett
    Theme Review Admin

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    I'm still looking for the "feedback of millions of WordPress users" upon which this change was based...

    Anyone?

    Beuller...? Beuller...?

    Posted: 3 years ago #
  4. luffer
    Member

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    This is a terrible change full of negative repercussions. The HTML editor is a a text editor, for writing and editing text. It is an appalling choice of font for that purpose.

    I can't use the visual editor as I copy/paste a lot of content and end up with unwanted code as a result. Change it back or give users choice.

    I hate change for the sake of change, I can't see any rationale behind this as it was perfect before!

    Posted: 3 years ago #
  5. rockschtar
    Member

    Here is a plugin to bring back the "old" editor font:

    http://www.eracer.de/2011/07/05/wordpress-3-2-html-editor-font/

    Posted: 3 years ago #
  6. Justin Tadlock
    Member

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    Here's a quick fix for anyone looking to change the font stack:
    http://devpress.com/blog/fixing-wordpress-3-2s-html-editor-font/

    Posted: 3 years ago #
  7. Mgmax
    Member

    I've had a little back and forth with Matt Thomas on his blog and I think my points echo many here. He suggested that I write a patch. This was my response, which for me gets to the heart of the matter-- this was a solution for a minority which harms the majority:

    "Look, I’m very appreciative that people create this fine thing, I praise Word Press all the time, but a comment like that makes me think that the people creating it have come to think that it’s strictly for hackers and code monkeys and DIY-ers. When it’s supposed to facilitate writing, from writers, who are people who may barely have enough sense to put bracketed I’s around something they want to italicize. For every person who sees that box as a place to code, I’d bet you there are 10 who see it as a place to write. And depriving them of something that has the look and feel of print, in favor of something that has the look and feel of junior high Fortran class in 1978, is failing the main utility test for that function by misunderstanding who the audience really is.

    "But here’s my simple solution that fits both potential users: give people a way to toggle between monospace and standard fonts. The people who want to code can look at Confoundas all day long; the people who want to write, can write in something that looks like writing."

    Posted: 3 years ago #
  8. MMADfan
    Member

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    @Mgmax
    Sounds like you summed it up well!

    For those who use WordPress.com, there's a greasemonkey script for Firefox by Airodyssey that works like a charm: http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/104072

    The other option is simply to delete Consolas from your fonts directory, since I think that the editor does rely on the font being on your computer. I'm not sure what font would replace it, but how much worse could it be?

    Posted: 3 years ago #
  9. Andrew Nacin
    WordPress Dev

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    The issue here is that everyone who is happy with the new font is not likely going to find this thread and -1 this idea. Thus the problem dubbed the vocal minority.

    I'm not sure I have an opinion either way. I use the visual editor almost exclusively, and when I go into HTML mode, it's generally to edit the code. When I write outside of WordPress, it's in a text editor, and that in turn uses a monospaced font. To me, the change makes sense. To others, it might not. Maybe someone will release a font selection plugin. Justin's seems fine for now.

    Posted: 3 years ago #
  10. billseymour
    Member

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    Agree. And thanks, Justin, for the fix.

    How about an option in Admin panel, so a person could decide for him/herself whether to go monospace, or the expected sans. Echoes suggestion earlier by Mgmax.

    Posted: 3 years ago #

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