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[*] posted on 3-10-2011 at 07:54 PM
Is that a new font?


I noticed that the addresses we get with the ID look somewhat different than before.

I'm not sure if the choice of the font is perfect; for example "J" looks almost like "T". It might be confusing.
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[*] posted on 3-10-2011 at 07:56 PM


Yes, it is a new font. I think it is better than the old one, where you couldn't see if it was an I or an l...
But still I am not satisfied with the fact that the address comes a graphic and not as a text field.
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[*] posted on 3-10-2011 at 08:20 PM


Yes, the J quite confused me, too, when I saw it for the first time. I found the old font easier to read, but it's probably just a matter of getting used to it.

But I am happy there's no J in my address. :D
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[*] posted on 3-10-2011 at 08:54 PM


I liked the old one better, too.

I think the numbers are sometimes a bit hard to read now.
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[*] posted on 5-10-2011 at 11:47 AM


Yes, the J gave me a pause just now. Otherwise it's fine.
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[*] posted on 5-10-2011 at 12:43 PM


Quote: Originally posted by nordbaer  
Yes, it is a new font. I think it is better than the old one, where you couldn't see if it was an I or an l...
But still I am not satisfied with the fact that the address comes a graphic and not as a text field.

Baer, in the email you get for the ID you've just drawn the address is a text field, perhaps not perfect since you have to open the email first but workable... ;)
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[*] posted on 5-10-2011 at 01:17 PM


yes, I know... but quite cumbersome...
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[*] posted on 5-10-2011 at 06:13 PM


Actually in my opinion the new font is cooler.. The only problem is that "J" looks like "T" a bit, like others have said already. But it's not very confusing. It's cool when the website changes, I think.
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[*] posted on 5-10-2011 at 06:16 PM


Hmmm... it might cause a slight problem with my postal code, when people start confusing Js and Ts..... Mail will take even longer than it does now :(
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[*] posted on 6-10-2011 at 05:30 AM


I personally find the new font horrible. But it might be just me, I am a devoted Arial fan and would never ever write ANYTHING in Times New Roman. I get tired eyes from reading it....
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[*] posted on 9-10-2011 at 07:14 AM


wow! "T" was "J"? I don't understand that :( I thought it was a local letter and I wrote it as "T" and "J" together. Hope the postcard will be received with that TJ anyway :(

Why they don't use just standard fonts?
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[*] posted on 9-10-2011 at 11:53 AM


When I learned letters as a child, a capital J always had a bar over it. However, the serifs at the end of the bar are what threw me off when looking at the new font.
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[*] posted on 10-10-2011 at 03:23 AM


One long standing issue with postcrossing is that the font used to display the addresses (in images) has some problems. The issue main is that due to the nature of the old font (sans-serif), it is hard - and sometimes impossible - to distinguish some characters. The classic example of this issue is that it's impossible to distinguish the upper case 'i' (i as in, India) from a lowercase l (l as in, local). This creates problems with postcards incorrectly addressed because it's up to the sender interpretation what to write, and potentially not get to their destination at all due to that.

Unfortunately finding a font that supports most of the alphabets (cyrillic, japanese, korean, etc) is not simple. In fact, there are very few fonts which do.

The goal is to make the addresses more readable in the sense that there is no confusion what each character is.

As an aside I was taught to write a capital J with a line completely across the top of it. As we have found here on Postcrossing there are so many variations of handwriting styles worldwide. How many of us couldn't work out what number a ^ was with our first postcards from some European countries?
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[*] posted on 10-10-2011 at 05:53 AM


the font doesn't matter, my handwriting is illegible anyway... :D
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[*] posted on 10-10-2011 at 07:20 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Mundoo  
How many of us couldn't work out what number a ^ was with our first postcards from some European countries?


A what? I don't get this sentence...
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[*] posted on 10-10-2011 at 07:23 PM


Quote: Originally posted by nordbaer  
the font doesn't matter, my handwriting is illegible anyway... :D


Mine too :P

And as from this weekend I started printing addresses on stickers... I hope that will reduce travelling time for my cards :D

(And I usually use the address I get in the email, so for me the new font is not really a problem :) )
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[*] posted on 10-10-2011 at 09:37 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Sabaton  
Quote: Originally posted by Mundoo  
How many of us couldn't work out what number a ^ was with our first postcards from some European countries?


A what? I don't get this sentence...


Looks like an upside down V and is how a one 1 is written in many countries.
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[*] posted on 17-10-2011 at 07:44 PM


To put it simply:

I see the point about sans-serif and serif fonts. "J" does have a bar across in most serif fonts, but what actually makes it look like "T" is not the bar itself (even though it's exceptionally long), but the serifs at the sides of the bar. It's certainly different from Times New Roman and related fonts.

Quote: Originally posted by Mundoo  
The goal is to make the addresses more readable in the sense that there is no confusion what each character is.

It's true for most standard serif fonts, but not this particular one. It is an odd font with this funny "J".
Not the best choice in my opinion.
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[*] posted on 18-10-2011 at 02:15 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Mundoo  

Looks like an upside down V and is how a one 1 is written in many countries.


Really? I have never seen that. We write a 1 how Arial would write it.
tbh I am quite picky about numbers, since I am a math teacher. I wouldn't make an inverted V out as a 1 either...
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[*] posted on 18-10-2011 at 09:42 PM


Quote: Originally posted by Sabaton  
Quote: Originally posted by Mundoo  

Looks like an upside down V and is how a one 1 is written in many countries.


Really? I have never seen that. We write a 1 how Arial would write it.
tbh I am quite picky about numbers, since I am a math teacher. I wouldn't make an inverted V out as a 1 either...

I'd say it's typically German, although I've always wondered where it comes from, because I know nobody who learned to write a 1 like that in school. I learned to write it exactly like this --> 1, but now write it like this --> l. That it really looks like an upside down V would be an exception, though. Usually it's only the upstroke that's slanted, the downstroke should be more or less vertical. I don't think I've ever seen it on a postcard that was not from Germany (or from a German member).

The only number that's given me problems in postcrossing so far is the Dutch 8, especially when not written neatly. And with the new font I find it hard to distinguish between 8 and B - had a house number recently that went something like '12 8 2' and I was quite unsure whether that was really an 8 or rather a B.
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[*] posted on 20-10-2011 at 03:17 PM


In Poland I have seen one or twice in my whole life "1" written with a stroke almost as long as the vertical line and it looked funny. It's a rare personal style of writing, so I don't believe that so many early postcrossers could have seen that.

Anyway, I wanted to talk about the font, not handwriting :snob:
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[*] posted on 19-1-2012 at 01:42 PM


The new font is really bad readable - J looks like T and even if you print them out it looks bad - also its harder to be read automatically at the post office.
If it just would be a normal text field as you get it via e-mail - that would already help alot as you then can change to a font you like and that is well readable.
The currently used font is an example what font should NOT be used on Websites at all.
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[*] posted on 12-10-2013 at 12:01 PM


Does anyone know the name of the font? I've just printed out an address for someone who didn't include her name and it would be nice to match it up if possible.
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[*] posted on 20-11-2013 at 04:15 PM


@nyassa: In case you are still interested, the font we use now is Code2000.
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[*] posted on 20-11-2013 at 07:08 PM


Thank you, Paulo! I am still interested. :)
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