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Changing Fonts in Safari



Here's how you can set the default fonts in Safari to new ones that support phonetic transcriptions or non-English script.


Quick and Dirty:


Safari > Preferences...


set the standard font, fixed-width font, and default encoding



Pretty Pictures:  (to be added soon)



  1. Make sure you have the fonts you need installed in your operating system How to install fonts

  2. Go to the Safari drop-down menu and click on Preferences.

  1. On the Appearance tab, select a standard font and a fixed-width font.


    This will allow many of the web environments you visit to use your default font. However, there are many instances, like email, where your default setting won't be enough. For example the “To:” box (where you put the sendee's address) needs a sans serif font, you might need this to include non-standard characters, you might not. Your message box is yet another. In that scenario, you might need to select several fonts. If the options available in Safari aren't sufficient for your purposes, you might want to try using Firefox instead.


  3. The character encoding will likely default to something like Western (ISO Latin 1). If you are using a font that is encoded for UTF-8 or UTF-16, you will need to set the proper encoding. IPA fonts like Gentium, Doulos, and Junicode are usually compatible with Unicode (UTF-8) encoding.





  1. Test it out and go get some more coffee (or if you have a decent popcorn popper and don't mind smoke, roast your own!)







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