Did MS ever fix Arial Black italic font problem?
Posted on 2010-08-14
Creating a simple web page, using CSS to set the font to "Arial Black"...
In FireFox, it renders normal. In Internet Explorer 7 it renders as italic. Even setting font-style to normal doesn't help.
OK, after some research I learned the following (exerpted from another blog):
"What happened was that in 2008 Microsoft released Service Pack 3 for Windows XP and the update included a new version 2.40 of the font file ariblk.ttf. This was a mistake by someone at Microsoft who named an italicised version of Arial Black with that filename. Luckily, Service Pack updates retain uninstalled files so the problem can be solved by deleting version 2.40 and copying version 2.35 from the retained folder. This does mean diving into areas of your system that many of you may have never realised were there but it's pretty simple:"
OK, fine, I get that and the solution worked for other people. For myself, I had an OpenType "Arial Black" font and a TrueType "Arial Black Italics" font. I deleted the TTF and now my problem is fixed. Great, problem solved...for myself. But what about other people viewing the site?
So my question is....Did MS ever fix this problem??
Arial Black is supposedly a web safe font, but it didn't render correctly on my computer, and most people on the web will not go through the same steps I did to make it work.
If it's relevant, I recently reverted back to IE7 from IE8 because 8 kept crashing on me. So I'm hoping this is only affecting me because I went back in time so to speak. But, I just installed all the latest windows updates and it didn't help.
Also, it's possible I downloaded and installed the "Arial Black Italics" TTF font myself, but I can't remember. Are both of these fonts installed by default??
I'm running Windows Vista Ultimate 64 bit, with 8GB of Ram. I also have Adobe CS3 master suite installed. Can give more info on request if I'm forgetting something pertinent.
Microsoft inadvertently jacking up a web safe font seems like a pretty big deal to me. So I assume they would have quickly followed it up by pushing through a high priority update to fix it. But I can't find any info confirming they did. Anyone else out there run into this?
In summary, is Arial Black really safe to use on the web?