I’ve been a fan of internet font gore for a couple of years now, and I’m happy to say it is no more. The site was shut down by the owners of the service in August of 2013, and it was a big blow to the community of internet font gore users.
Internet fonts like Helvetica or Arial are not actually designed with the eyes in mind, so when they are used in web content they tend to look like a very different font when viewed on a monitor, and a different one when viewed on a computer. Although you can still use these fonts in a browser, it will be much harder to read them on a computer, so it is quite a shock to the system when you find out that you can no longer use them.
Helvetica, the family of internet fonts, is still around, but has been taken down by the company WordPres and other web-based versions of the software. Even though it was a font, this was an email font, so it would not have been a problem to just let WordPres use it. Of course, you can still use the font in a browser.
It’s not a surprise. WordPres’s original purpose was to let people type emails, but it was a font and just wasn’t as easy to read.
I can’t imagine what it must be like to type with this font while driving in the car. There’s no way to make it small enough to read because it’s too big to fit in your hand. Also, when your hand gets too big to hold the font, it’s hard to read. It’s not like you could fit it on your lap.
Wordpres is one of those things that is often used in the same sentence with “Internet fonts.” While these are in no way synonymous, I think they do a good job of describing them. They are fonts that you can use in a browser to type emails in. And since Wordpres allows you to use a large amount of space, you can use a “regular” font in a browser.
I’m not sure what the exact reasoning behind this decision was, but I do believe that it was due to the fact that the font was too big. And because its too big to fit in your hand, you have to use a huge font when you write emails. This is a small complaint, because when a company decides to shut down an online service, there is a lot you can do with it.
When Microsoft shut down Internet Explorer, you could use a small font as a text editor. Not even that big, but enough that you could. Because Internet Explorer was so massive (it had a size of about 3,300 times as much as a regular font) and had a size limit on the fonts available, the decision was made to shut down IE.
What was Internet Explorer? It wasn’t the most popular browser. The fact that Microsoft had to shut it down, but not without losing users and revenue, seems like a little overkill. I mean, if you’re going to kill it, you might as well go for a big bang while you’re at it.
As things stand now, Internet Explorer 7 will be the last of its kind. So the folks who make the fonts for Internet Explorer made sure each one of them was a little less than a million times as big as the regular fonts.