Troubleshooting: Troubles with MS Word
As noted, a user recently pointed out some odd behavior when Christoffel is used in MS Word. I’m working at school right now so I don’t have access to all my tools and files, but I have enough here to work with to recreate the problem and analyze it a bit.
Here’s Christoffel being used at 12 points in Word, no extra formatting done:
Notice how the extenders are getting lopped off like somebody was after them with the Slap Chop:
One naturally wonders if this is universal. Certainly I haven’t had any problem using Christoffel in Keynote for my recent presentation. What about other apps? For the time being I resolved to see what would happen with TextEdit and Firefox. Here’s a side-by side comparison:
I’ve tried to keep as many variables constant: 12 point text, default leading, same paragraphs. The text, incidentally, was ripped off from a recent James Mosely blog post.
There is good news here: although the leading is certainly an issue, neither TextEdit nor Firefox see fit to go at my text like a drunken pirate with a cutlass thirsty for blood (or ink, I suppose). Even better, Firefox is making use of the ligatures! Happy day.
I’ll have to do some more testing and tweaking to figure this one out, but the bottom line is: more proof that MS Word is a typographically inferior product to, well, pretty much anything. Perhaps excepting Notepad.