I was annoyed by the web font issues at Upworthy...you won't believe what I did next!
Sorry about the title, I had to. ;)
I was running Windows and Google Chrome and I clicked on a link to an Upworthy.com video. When I go to Upworthy recently (don't judge me) I've been seeing this weird font for the last few months. It's obnoxious, and I was surprised they'd let this fly.
Later, though, I looked in another browser, and it looked fine.
Ok, time to F12. According to IE's Developer Tools there are three webfonts coming down and they each are downloading completely.
Interestingly Chrome says the same thing:
What's the DOM expecting the font to be? Well, basically all of them. ;)
Seriously, though, IMHO pick a font or font family and move on. There's really no need to make a list of 11 font types in the order you'd prefer them. Either your web font works or it's Helvetica time.
Gill Sans? I don't see a Gill Sans available here. Gill Sans is a Mac OS X system font, but it seems that Google Chrome on Windows REALLY don't like being asked for it. ;)
I took each of the downloaded WOFF files and tried to open them at http://www.pkmurphy.com.au/glyphviewer/ to see if one was Gill Sans. Of course, none contained any of the first their fonts they're asking for. Unless you explicitly download a web font, a list of fonts like these are a just a designer's wish list.
Web Designers: Design for the web, not the cool fonts you have on your machine.
On 99% of Windows machines you're going to end up with Segoe UI with this CSS font-family as most folks won't have those first three fonts. It seems that Chrome gives up (?) after a few tries (not sure?) but if I remove Gill Sans as the first item it renders fine.
I tried to find a bug on this in the Chromium bug database...I'm not sure if it might be this one?
I hope a CSS person at Upworthy sees this and solves the mystery! What are your thoughts, Dear Reader?
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