[Bug 81608] Re: Please use DejaVu Sans Condensed as the default font

Michiel Sikma michiel at thingmajig.org
Fri Jan 26 12:33:40 UTC 2007

My concern /is/ appearance, Jimmy. Not testing. I'm active in the Ubuntu
artwork team, and I believe that making such a change is /not/ something
that you simply propose and accept in an afternoon. This requires more
thought, and I believe that the artwork team should be involved here as

I'm still at work, so maybe someone could make a screenshot of this
font. I'd like to see how it looks. The Bitstream Vera Sans font is a
good font, and I believe that the condensed version will have to look
very good for it to obsolete the non-condensed version.

I'm also worried about the structure of a condensed font. It's not just
the amount of text that you can cram on a screen that matters, really.
If you've studied type design, especially their screen appearances,
you'll find that there are other very important aspects. Why use a
condensed font if it's less legible than an extended font, for instance?

Just saying that "Ubuntu looks like a Commodore 64" is not enough for

Please use DejaVu Sans Condensed as the default font

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