Browser Compatibility of Gill Sans Font

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Hi, I hope this is a simple question. It's certainly no emergency.

I've been under the impression that font choices in the editor include only "browser-safe" fonts.

One of my sites is heavily reliant on Gill Sans. Recently, I received screenshots from a (PC) user with up-to-date software displaying alternate fonts, both serif and sans serif, appearing in place of Gill Sans. As you can imagine, it doesn't look good.

I checked web lists of browser-safe fonts and don't see Gill Sans on any. I'm not sure how up-to-date they are.

I'm thinking either this user has a corrupted font file or Gill Sans is not a good choice. Your opinion?

And a follow-up, if possible: Is there a way to insert the CSS font-face tag to make browsers reference a font file stored on-site?

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Hi Ben

Thanks for bringing this to our attention. The browser with the screenshot is Firefox, right? Can you tell me what operating system they are using. Is it Windows Vista?

I had a look at a list of browser safe fonts here:

Gill Sans is listed but it has an asterisk next to it. The footnote says "as of Windows XP"

So this might be something we need to look into and testing it in the exact environment where the problem occurs will be key to filing a proper bug report.

I don't know the answer to your CSS question, but I will ask the techies and get back to you.
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Also, I think its listed as gill sans MT in Microsoft machines. Add it to your font stack, should work.