With the passing of Steve Jobs I thought I’d cover one of his passions: Calligraphy, which influenced and distinguished Fonts on Macs from PCs. When he dropped out of Reed College in Portland (he also attended The Evergreen State College) Jobs audited courses, including calligraphy.
At that time computers used character-based approach which made screen text look like something typed on a manual typewriter. The Mac used little maps of black and white pixels (that is, a bitmap) to describe how to make a letter on the screen. Bitmaps made Mac programs look much more elegant because they could easily control how letters looked on the screen. History of Fonts - Low End Mac
PC: MS Word 2007
Below I’ve drawn an orange line around the icons/buttons used for fonts. On the upper tool bar you can see the font: Comic Sans MS, the size: 12, buttons to make fonts larger or smaller Aæ AÑ and clear formatting which clears all formatting and leaves only the plain text.
On the lower toolbar you see icons which allow you to: bold, italicize, underline, draw a strikethrough, subscript!, superscript!, change case, text highlight color and finally choose a font color.
Let’s Change Some Fonts!
Xena made me use this story for changing fonts. She barked that she refuses to wear a sissy scarf!
WASHINGTON—Cutting short its Columbus Day recess, Congress held a special emergency session this weekend to push through comprehensive legislation requiring every dog in the United States to wear a neckerchief, with both parties hailing the outcome as a "major step forward for the nation" and "downright adorable."
Spurred by recent statistics indicating only one in five American dogs currently wears a bandanna around its neck, Democrats and Republicans reportedly reached across the aisle in a rare display of bipartisanship, working through long-held differences on acceptable colors, designs, and knotting styles to pass the landmark bill.
"I'm proud we have put politics aside and taken this decisive step toward putting our dogs in neckerchiefs and keeping them in neckerchiefs for generations to come," said Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-KY), a co-sponsor of the bill and owner of two schnauzers who has long pushed for congressional action to ensure all canines can be "absolutely precious." "While it's unfortunate our country had to wait so many years for this legislation, it does not diminish the joy we all feel today knowing that American dogs will now be more lovable than at any other point in our nation's history."
"Every single citizen—dog owners and non-dog-owners alike—will reap the benefits of this law," Whitfield continued. "It's so cute, you don't even know."
Officially known as the American Canine Collar Enhancement Act of 2011, the 214-page bill was held up in committee for days as members hammered out its finer points. Congressional staffers confirmed the bill was nearly derailed Saturday following an argument between Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) over the permissibility of tropical-patterned neckerchiefs, a contentious exchange that led to Boehner defiantly walking out of negotiations.
Republican leaders were brought back to the bargaining table hours later, sources said, when Democrats agreed to an amendment mandating that all dogs be required to wear an American flag bandanna on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
"I was initially hesitant to support legislation this extensive," Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said. "But when [Sen. Bob] Corker [R-TN] brought that golden retriever onto the floor with the red paisley scarf tied around its neck, I knew we needed to move swiftly and decisively."
"Aw, just look at the guy," added Schumer, holding up a photograph. The Onion. Tail Wagging Legislation
I’d like to enlarge the fonts in the story.
First! We must highlight the entire story. It’s messy highlighting text on the Internet, so instead of clicking my mouse and dragging it across text I will click at the beginning of the article and then hold down my SHIFT key and click after the last word in article.
Changing Font Size
From 7.5 to 12. It’s very helpful that when you put your cursor over the different sizes you can see your text on the right and how big or small it will be.
Changing Font Type
Like changing Font Size, you will be able to see what the fonts look like as you put you cursor over the choices.
There are many Fonts choices! At the bottom of the Font Menu you’ll see Webdings and Wingdings 1, 2 and 3. Wingdings are fun! Wingdings make for great spy games.
More Forms of Highlighting
Changing Font Colors
Changing font colors is the same as changing the size or type of font. First, highlight the text you want to change, click on the Font Color icon (see picture below). There you will find lots of color choices!! To find even more click on More Colors at the bottom of the color choices menu.
Changing Fonts in Email
Permanent Changes (Default Fonts)
In your mail program find your Options (or Tools) choice. In Thunderbird (see below) You click on Tools and then Options. In the Options window click on Display second button from the left in the toolbar. In this window you can change your font and your background color and it will stay that way.
Listed below are two websites for PC’s and Macs. I tested both of them because sometimes (often) they’ll say it’s free but it’s not.
Downloadable Mac Fonts
just downloaded this font from 1001 Free Fonts, it’s called Bleeding Cowboy. I find it interesting, and perhaps hard to read.
This font is called Katy Berry (also from 1001 Fonts). One is size 12, the other size 20. I like the larger one better.
Who says computers don’t have a soul? I thinks Fonts are the arty and spiritual side of our inanimate friends.
Change your Fonts often.