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From: "Earl Beaty" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] Font test for column alignment
Date: Wed, 3 Jul 2002 07:42:02 -0600
I believe you are missing something on the font problem. I can't
claim great expertise on this but perhaps some observations will help.
In a simple text message, font information is not sent with it. What
the receivers sees is what is set up in the receiver's mail reader.
With your message I can set my reader (Outlook Express) to display in
fixed font and Alan's columns are well aligned -- with my normal font
they are not. With fixed spacing fonts the space characters are
typically much bigger, so that Alan's columns are rather widely
spaced, and wrap at the right margin. It doesn't matter what font was
used in the sender's display.
With Outlook Express, changing the display font in received messages
is rather involved, however it is possible to create a Reply or
Forward message where such changes are much easier.
Another reasonable way to read such tables is to copy and paste them
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Tuesday, July 02, 2002 4:42 PM
Subject: [DNA] Font test for column alignment
> In a message dated 07/02/02 1:47:58 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
> This is a test of Alan's suggestion about fonts. I agree that column
> alignment leaves much to be desired. However, this may not be
> is under control of the person who is posting the message, as
> only send out plain text. We'll give this a test. Alan wrote his
> Courier 10 point, and the columns with DYS labels and allele lengths
> very nicely in this message, which he sent directly to me. I've
> pasted it, and the columns still line up in my outgoing mail. The
> may be too wide for RootsWeb, though --- YCAII ends in column 82.
> be another test.
> --- begin Alan's message in Courier font:
> Dear Ann
> Your forum presentation of DNA signatures is often very hard to
> I think it might be a good idea to use the NEW COURIER 10 FONT, as
> the columns of figures more accurately.
> YSTR international notation, DYS numbers, New Courier 10 font :-
> Name Ref: 19 389i 389ii 390 391 392 393
> Alan Y1915 14 12 28 22 10 11 13
> Gordon FT 14 12 28 22 10 11 13
> Jim FT 14 12 28 22 10 11 13
> Dan FT 14 12 28 22 10 11 13
> Best wishes, Alan.
> --- end Alan's message. Start Arial 10 point font.
> OK -- let's see how this looks after it passes through the RootsWeb
> It may even look different in the archives -- I'll check that, too.
> Ann Turner
> GENEALOGY-DNA List Administrator
> DNA preservation kits: http://www.dnafiler.com