Look out for Font Rage

by Michael S. Kaplan, published on 2007/07/06 04:35 -04:00, original URI: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/michkap/archive/2007/07/06/3723277.aspx

It is a known fact that some people hate Comic Sans MS (why else have a website like http://www.bancomicsans.com/ if everyone loved it?).

Though as Mark Liberman pointed out yesterday in Language Log in his post entitled Font Rage, some people are choosing to be pretty extreme.

I happen to like the font -- it is my main font in email in Outlook, and just like last year I still pine for the day that they make Comic Sans Fixed a reality:


This despite the fact that holding my breath waiting would likely prove fatal....

I'll dig up another instance of font rage in a few hours.


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# Centaur on 6 Jul 2007 6:35 AM:

Every Font Has a Story: Comic Sans MS

If I remember correctly, Comic Sans MS was first bundled with Microsoft Windows 95 OSR2, which included Comic Chat, a grossly RFC-neglecting IRC client that called channels “rooms” and represented users with graphic cartoon characters. Comic Sans MS was used there as the default font for users’ phrases.

To facilitate consistency in character appearance, Comic Chat transmitted an encoded string every time one opted to change one’s appearance. Users of other IRC clients saw this string raw and were often annoyed.

Thankfully, Comic Chat disappeared in Windows 2000, but the font remained “for backward compatibility” as it became widely used by web sites. Occasionally, one also sees paper-based advertisements printed in Comic Sans MS.

# designer on 6 Jul 2007 10:46 AM:

I have used the font often for children's media only.  I see no other use for it.

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2010/12/25 "Comic Sans Fixed", that rather sansless dream-o-mine

2007/10/29 Sometimes everyone is happier when the game is Fixed (aka Consoling Consolas lovers)

2007/07/06 Romancing Segoe, aka You've Got Mangal, aka Sansless in Seattle, aka Iskoola Pota with the Vampire

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