• Maxx
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      The Inter typeface is very versatile and has many different options and variants, including more distinguishable uppercase i and lowercase L. The article just installed the base version as an example. https://rsms.me/inter/

      • @moontorchy
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        Oh thanks! This is very helpful. Next thing to figure out is how to set those options as default. Found this gem after a bit of googling.

    • @[email protected]
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      Like most modern fonts, it supports a lot of OpenType features, so this can be changed dynamically. Changing some settings by default has already been mentioned in the discussion around the change.

      • @[email protected]
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        33 days ago

        Do what? Nothing has even been done yet, they’re just discussing the possibility of changing the font…

          • @[email protected]
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            33 days ago

            Fair, they’re pretty common but most fonts support OpenType variations which let you change parts of the fonts to other variants. Having a variant with distinct l’s and I’s is pretty common and Inter supports this.

      • wvstolzing
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        IIRC this issue is mentioned in the gitlab discussions (from months ago … not sure how this became news suddenly); they’re looking to patch Inter if they decide to use it as the UI font.

    • @[email protected]
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      I’m normally not someone who gets hung up on fonts but this one thing bugs me SO MUCH.

  • @Heavybell
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    Whenever I read something on the lines of X`s new Y, I think of Curt’s new hat.

    • @[email protected]
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      That’s the photo where he took a selfie with the hat, in front of the billboard which is a photo of him with the new hat, Yea?

  • velox_vulnus
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    Isn’t Noto Sans just better, with lots of typography support for other languages? What’s the issue then?

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      I believe Noto is a much more robust typeface, with several more language options than Cantarell. Still, I do prefer Inter to both of those.

  • Rentlar
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    If the Gnome team don’t like this new Inter font, will they return to “Déjà Vu”?

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    Cantarell has served us well, but we’ve been wondering if it would be more beneficial to default to a more modern and well-maintained typeface

    Eh. I don’t feel Cantarell “dated” or “not modern”. I don’t even use GNOME anymore but I reckon Cantarell is actually a great font, it’s legible and has character. It’s almost like you can tell it’s about GNOME when you see Cantarell somewhere. If I were them I’d invest into giving it more weights (I’d really like it if it had a lighter version), variations and extending it. They have the power and resources to do so.

    imho they’re trying to solve a problem that doesn’t even exist. Inter’s default is a poor choice, as some of you have already noted here.

  • @gi1242
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    honestly I don’t see why they put effort into making a new font. there are plenty of freely available ones that are good enough