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Explore use of different fonts in the Android app
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Design to investigate use of fonts across different view in the Android app and assess whether need to update based on:
a. Improving readability of text, esp. in article view
b. Improving recognition and association with Wikipedia visual identity
c. Providing better accessibility - eg., using Roboto/Noto for better i18n

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Looks like we would have to provide true type font files if we use anything other than

normal (Droid Sans),
serif (Droid Serif), and
monospace (Droid Sans Mono)
Roboto

Vibhabamba added a comment.EditedJul 20 2015, 5:57 AM

I realize this is going to be tricker than we imagined.

On desktop and mobile web we can use fonts like Arial, Helvetica for body and Georgia for headings because they come pre installed on different operating systems. Whereas on Android, we would have to provide the true type files packaged with the app.

Bundling fonts inside our app is something I would be prepared to do, if it meant improving the visual appeal and readability of our content. The real trick is to find a good-looking font that also implements a good fraction of Unicode. Otherwise, we can also consider using a bundled font only for Latin scripts.

RHo renamed this task from Update the fonts In the android app (Based on feedback from Google UX review) to Explore use of different fonts in the Android app .May 21 2018, 2:15 PM
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