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Story Display Font

maroon

Checking whether this is a bug or a feature.

In My Account/Story Display Settings, clicking Edit lets you choose among 7 fonts or "Don't Style Fonts".

When I choose "Don't Style Fonts" and Save it, the My Account summary page shows the "Story text looks like this" in the font set in tools/options, but the story text still looks as if I told it to style in the Font Georgia - both in the actual story and in the bottom half of the Edit Settings window showing the sample of what the story looks like.

Is the Don't-Style option supposed to mean "Use the Default webpage font in Tools/Options/General", or mean "Use whatever font SOL wants to have as default"?

I know I should be able to force an override in the Accessibility options, but I'm pretty sure that would be a global change everywhere.

Ernest Bywater

Regardless of what you set in the SoL settings your browser should have a setting where you can choose a font and size of your own to be used. The browser also has a setting where you can choose between having it apply your choice to only those websites that have no set fonts or to override the font information from the website. If you play with that you should be able to find out if SoL sets a default font or a no font default.

Ernest Bywater

I just did some testing where I set my browser to Allow pages to choose their own fonts, instead of my selections above and set my SoL setting to Don't Style Fonts. The SoL page appeared in the font of my browser default font, when I changed the browser default font they way SoL appeared changed.

I then went and changed the SoL setting to a selected font different to my browser default font and the way SoL appeared changed to that font.

Thus, I infer the Sol setting of Don't Style Fonts means it sends no font information with the web page and lets your browser default font setting be used.

Replies:   maroon
maroon

@Ernest Bywater

Internet Explorer does have an option in accessibility to "ignore styles specified on web pages", but from the configuration here, it shouldn't be necessary to ignore anything. Apparently changing the story view to "Don't style fonts" is still styling them, since I have nowhere in my browser's settings saying to use Georgia for anything.

From what I can tell, the only reason I'm still seeing Georgia is that the story pages are sending that style.

If I check "ignore styles specified on web pages" in browser's options, it appears that this overrides all styles at all websites, including the other 7 font options for stories here.

From the way it's currently behaving, SOL's choice for "don't style fonts" has zero effect at all. It appears to me that it's not working as intended, because of how Story Display Settings: "Story text looks like this" changes to my browser's default font while still showing the story in Georgia.

Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

@maroon

Is the Don't-Style option supposed to mean "Use the Default webpage font in Tools/Options/General", or mean "Use whatever font SOL wants to have as default"?


It's supposed to be the first one. Use whatever your browser's default is set to.

But it seems over the years a bug has crept in unnoticed after successive updates to the stylesheet editor and caused this particular function to stop working.

I've revised the stylesheet editor and now it works as it should.

So now, when you choose "don't Style fonts", then it will force use of the browser's default.

You will have to go into the editor and re-save the stylesheet in order for the CSS string inserted into stories to be updated with the new code.

Replies:   Capt. Zapp  maroon
Capt. Zapp

@Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

I created an additional style but when I saved it it didn't display on the Story Display Preferences page until I refreshed the SDP page.

maroon

@Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

Thanks, the story text now uses IE's default "webpage font" to display the story text. I've used up my 16, and none of them use blockquote, so I can't see whether the blockquote shows as Courier or as the browser's default "plain text font".

I consider this solved, other than just this minor glitch: In the Story Display Preferences page, when I change to "don't style fonts" - though it now correctly displays the story, the bottom half of the preferences page still shows the "Lorem ipsum" sample in Georgia, same as it did before.

The Story Display Preferences for Font Size does change the story text size, which is good - considering that the browser lets you set a default font, but doesn't seem to have an option for setting a default font size.

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
Ernest Bywater

@maroon

I've used up my 16,


You can get a free account at Fine Stories

http://finestories.com/

and have a separate count there. If you check it for a story first, and it's there, you can read it there and it won't count against your SoL count. Some authors, like me, post suitable stories at both, so all my no sex stories are on Fine Stories as well.

Replies:   maroon
maroon

@Ernest Bywater

Thanks for the tip. I found 1st chapter of JoeJ's Healing Hands of Time having blockquote. The "don't style" option is correctly showing the story text using the default "webpage font" text.

The blockquote text appears to be locked as the same font regardless of changing the browser's default "plain text" font. Guessing from visual appearance, the block text appears to always be Courier New that's italicized.

Blockquote is harder to find than I would have thought. Most authors seem to put that section in italics instead of creating a block.

Replies:   Ernest Bywater
Ernest Bywater

@maroon


Blockquote is harder to find than I would have thought. Most authors seem to put that section in italics instead of creating a block.


I stopped using the blockquote on Sol some years back because it came out in a specified font best described as Diety Ugly - so i now show the stuff I'd put in blockquote as blue italics to make it appear different.

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