Posted Mar 16, 2011 5:02 UTC (Wed) by C.Gherardi
In reply to: Tweaking
Parent article: The Grumpy Editor's GNOME 3 experience
Unless it's related to eye sight issues, you shouldn't need to tweak a font.
And that is the sort of reasoning that really sets some people off. Why should I have to accept somebody else's choice of font? I stare at this screen for many, many hours over the course of the day. I honestly don't understand why I wouldn't want to optimize it for the most comfortable and efficient experience.
I've gone from an extreme settings tweaker to someone who largely uses the defaults for everything except his editor.
Every time I upgrade distro the default font and size changes slightly, and I complain that the old was better than the new. It irritates me for about a week and at some point it fades from memory, to be repeated on the next upgrade.
Perception is a funny thing, and "most comfortable and efficient experience" is difficult to evaluate objectively. I had a similar discussion with a tech writer at work, and his argument was that users dont know what they want (which gets no argument from me) and are rarely equipped with the knowledge to make good decisions in design, as short term irritation at (possibly beneficial) change clouds objectivity.
Over time the default fonts have improved, and i'm willing to give people who know a lot more about the intricacies of fonts and viewing all the latitude they want to improve things.
That said 'smaller' and 'small' would be welcome options.
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