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No, not the compettitve pulling of funny faces, the spacing between letters in a font!

I’m not sure which font is in use for the reflector, but I find the kerning a little irritaing with certain letter combinations. The space before the letter “l” and the letter “i” seems too small, whilst the space after the letter “n” seems too large.

Examples: merit info automatically

There may be other examples tthat I haven’t mentioned.

Is anybody else noticing this, or am I just being fussy?

73 de Les, G3VQO


I hadn’t noticed it until you mentioned it Les. However, I suspect that now I will notice it, thanks to you. Thanks a bundle! :wink:


In reply to G3VQO:

OK, the font we were using was Trebuchet which personally I like (which I suppose is why I chose it!).

I have changed it to Verdana which is a very popular web font.

Disadvantage: it is a much ‘wider’ font which means I have had to siginificantly reduce the font size for everything to fit.

Advantage: The reduced font size may actualy be a good thing since I was struggling to fit stuff in anyway. We have a little more vertical space to play with which is good.

Let me know what you think.

If you want to compare this with the original then open a separate browser window/tab and load:


This is the original.

Then we can take a vote!! Or I can keep tweaking until we are happy.

73, Jon


In reply to GM4ZFZ:
I prefer the first version.


In reply to G4JZF:
Kerning eh? You learn something new everyday !
I’m with Graham, I prefer the original. This one looks squashed somehow.


In reply to GW3BV:

Or we could try plain old Arial: http://www.sotawatch.org/alpha/?style=3

What do you think?

I think on balance I do prefer the original Trebuchet. It is distinctive but clean and smart looking.


In reply to GM4ZFZ:
I think I still prefer the first version


In reply to GM4ZFZ:

My preference is:

  1. Verdana
  2. Arial
  3. Trebuchet

But, as I’m the guy who “had the problem” with Trebuchet, that’s only to be expected! I’ll live with the majority vote.

73 de Les, G3VQO


I’m surprised he didn’t mention the “leading” (pronounced as in a lead roof or lead in a pencil) either… another nice typographical term… hi


In reply to GM4ZFZ:

I take it the font has changed Jon? I didn’t even notice, lol.

Fine job no matter what.

73 de Mike


In reply to G3VQO:

As radio amateurs it just has to be ‘Arial’ but as a mountain man surely it should be ‘Rockwell’ or ‘Rockwell Extra Bold’?

Regards GW7AAV Steve (Former printer/typesetter from when printing was an art)