1. Frankie Jarrett

    Thanks for posting this news! I’ve been wondering all day why my local copy of trunk has been showing the Apple system font.

    Honestly not sure how I feel about this move yet. Fonts are often a staple for brands, and a key part of their style guidelines. Something about going dynamic with that doesn’t quite sit right with me (yet). I’m willing to try it out :-)


  2. Daniel Bishop

    I’ve been usingsystem-fonts-in-wp across all my installs of WP for a couple months now and have been loving it.

    I bounce back and forth between OS X and Windows (via RDP) and things always ‘look right’.


  3. KTS915

    I think relying on system fonts makes perfect sense. I have been using a plugin to remove Open Sans for some time. So I really want to like this proposal.

    But I’m confused by what it actually involves. In its current form, it doesn’t revert to the user’s choice of system font. That, surely, would just means specifying the generic sans-serif font. Instead, this proposal currently specifies a long list of fonts first, before resorting to sans-serif.

    I don’t see the point of that at all. If a user has chosen his or her system font, then that should be used, and that’s what sans-serif does.

    What this proposal does, by contrast, is force upon the user a font for the admin just because it happens to be installed on the particular device that the user happens to be using at the time.

    So it seems that I will now either have to install another plugin to undo the new stylesheet, or else I will have to uninstall particular fonts from my devices just to make sure that they won’t be used on the WP admin pages. Bizarre!


    • Daron

      I think when they say “system font”, they mean fonts that are native to the OS, not necessarily the users chosen font. I imagine they do this for a couple of reasons.

      One being that if a user sets their system font to Georgia at 24px, that would probably screw up all sorts of spacing issues within WordPress, thus potentially making WordPress look bad, even though it was the users fault for choosing such a weird configuration.

      Two, because it helps keep the experience more consistent across devices. It’s not the exact same (like it is now with Open Sans) but it’s close enough that people shouldn’t get confused when switching devices.

      Also, you can still load your plugin and override those CSS rules. It might not need any tweaking at all! Check it out against the development version. :)


      • KTS915

        @Daron, all they mean is a font that’s installed on the device accessing the site.

        So, because they list Roboto as one the fonts and I have it installed on my PC, that’s the font showing on the admin pages, as if I were using my Android phone!

        I actually use Linux Mint as my OS, so have the Ubuntu font installed, but that doesn’t show up because Roboto is listed ahead of it. As I said, bizarre!

        So, yes, I have tweaked this so that the only font specified is sans-serif. But tweaking it like is no better than the tweak I had to apply before to remove Open Sans.


  4. Drew Jaynes

    I for one am appalled that core would have the gall to remove a remote http request from every page in the admin and speed up my site. What if I like it slower? Besides, my system font is webdings sans-serif, how am I going to use the wp-admin now?!


  5. Eric J

    This will definitely be an adjustment i’m so used to open sans.


  6. Piet

    That is great news! No more need for a VPN on my local install (Google fonts are blocked in China) or use a plugin.
    Pity that I’m leaving China soon, but nevertheless great news as cutting the fluff out of the WP Dashboard is a step in the right direction!


  7. Gary

    I look forward to the inevitable Change Your Admin Font Back to Open Sans plugin. Assuming a font-change plugin doesn’t already exist, of course… :-)


  8. WPVKP

    Now that’s a great thing. Google webfont is blocked in my office and because of that some of my plugins settings pages look different.


  9. Richard Rottman

    If anyone is dying to see what it will look like, pull up Inspect in Chrome and override the body font to:

    font: caption;

    It’s like a portal to the future!


  10. 云落

    Are you sure??WordPress4.6 will Drop google fonts???


  11. Andy

    I wonder if WordPress.org sites will follow suit to maintain consistency across all WordPress experiences?


  12. Federico Schafer

    I’m not really sure if this is good news. It will probably lead to differences in the look and feel across multiple devices. I still preffer an homogeneaous look.


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