A change to iNaturalist fonts

Comic Sans is temporary, Papyrus is forever!
Funnily enough I hadn’t noticed any change even though I spend a few hours on the website every day. :D
It only saw the difference after reading this post.

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I think the old font was better, this font makes italics look more like cursive, making scientific names significantly less readable in my opinion. I can still tell what they say, but unfamiliar scientific names take slightly longer to read (adds up when looking at many obs in a day), and I wonder if this would create issues for people with visual impairments?

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The new one is smaller (and prettier) but I have to keep reminding myself - still on iNat - it just looks … different.

First problem is with German Umlauts in this comment - very broken
https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/11194093
From Jan 2016 - so perhaps it was always broken, and not due to the changed font?

But works just fine on the taxon page
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/58960-Plantago-coronopus
Which is odd - shouldn’t it be consistently wrong, or right?

Krähenfuß-Wegerich
That double S has also tripped up the display in the comment

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I like it so far, which is surprising because UI/UX research shows that a high percentage of people dislike any change at first. The research I’ve seen sometimes attributes it to loss aversion or change aversion. Some of those studies are fascinating - they control for changes in both directions (i.e. one group starts on A and changes to B; another group starts on B and changes to A) and both groups are equally supportive of their baseline and equally annoyed by the change.

Of course, there are bad changes, too. But I mention this because I’ve lived through some UI changes in my professional life where we literally reverted a change because of the negative feedback, only to have to un-revert it when even more people were upset with changing back. Fun times!

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I’m just glad it isn’t MS Mincho.

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Weird. I’m German and have all the trivial names set to German and I haven’t noticed any bugs with umlauts aside from that instance you linked to. So I’d agree with that it likely wouldn’t have anything to do with the font change.

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Oh. I kinda like that font. Haha

Potentially. I believe it’s one of the observations we imported from iSpot, so it might be due to iSpot’s original formatting.

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It does look like that.

I’ve been wondering this for a while stumbling across some of the observations with old formatting – did iNat acquire/combine with similar apps in its early days besides iSpot? How did that work, if you don’t mind me asking?

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I’ll respond in a message as it’s not related to this thread.

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I use the web version on a Samsung tablet, and the text is blurry on the on the info and suggestions view of all observations, on the identify page.

How it should looks:

How it looks on my device:

Even if I zoom the text is still blurry.
For now, I notice this problem only when clicking on an observation on the identify page on the info and suggestions view. The text on the annotations and data-quality views are net and clear.

I didn’t had this issue with the last font.

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In my recent journal posts the bold face headings are no longer bold face (difference hardly discernible).

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My only gripe so far is that on many pages, the scientific name is bolder than the vernacular name (and I assume a similar case is reversed if you have scientific names set first).
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No Papyrus, eh? ;-)

Or should I say Cyperus papyrus?

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Yes, good point. I widely used bold font in long project’s posts to make them friendly, but now this difference diappeared. That’s truely sad.

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I thought there was a difference today - now I know why. I like it, I think its more legible as it’s very slightly larger, and I don’t have any issues reading/recognising the bold or italic texts. And +++ for open source!

I like the change overall but I agree about the bold face not being discernible enough. Right now it looks like the bold face is Lato Medium (even with font-weight: 700, which should be a bold face – medium is more like 500) which is only slightly bolder than Lato Regular. Loading in Lato Bold (or even Lato Semibold, probably) would fix the issue.

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I don’t like it. I use reading glasses and find it harder to read.

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The font itself is fine but it appears to have thrown a lot of stuff out of alignment ever so slightly, which is causing me more problems than anything to do with the text itself. I use identify slightly zoomed out and now its very off center, I assume because the boxes are just a bit different sized now? Maybe needs a little more tweaking but is otherwise fine

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