In the Meta site, the font-specification is

font-family: 'LusitanaRegular',"Palatino Linotype",Palatino,"Hoefler Text","Book Antiqua",Georgia,serif;

which contains an error in the first name so it's ignored and one of the Palatinos is substituted.

Fonts are all over the place; some items are Georgia by default; some are Lusitania [it's spelled correctly in the Main site]; some are Arial/Helvetica. And the main title's capital C comes from a different family from the rest of the name, which really, really grates.

  • what spelling error? 'LusitanaRegular' is the embedded webfont. The reason for a mix of Georgia and Helvetica/Arial(for tags) is because Lusitana isn't as readable in smaller sizes.
    – Jin
    May 31, 2013 at 15:01
  • Hmm. Well, it's not working. It is working in Main. May 31, 2013 at 15:04
  • what OS/browser ver are you using?
    – Jin
    May 31, 2013 at 15:05
  • Firefox 21.0 on Windows 7. May 31, 2013 at 15:07

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It seems we had a web config error for Meta causing the custom font file not downloading. I didn't catch this error because I have the font installed on my computer as a system font. The fix will be pushed out to live shortly.

  • +1 Thanks. And sorry about the misdiagnosis. But it would be nice if Georgia (and Goudy) could be banished so there was only one serif and one sans. May 31, 2013 at 19:12
  • @AndrewLeach I love Lusitana. I think it's a more elegant serif than Georgia, especially for the design of this site. My concern is that it may not render too well as body font. But, I'll switch the question and answer body text over to it tonight, and see if we get any complaints. In my experience, web fonts just don't render well on Windows, especially at smaller size.
    – Jin
    May 31, 2013 at 19:23
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    I've asked a new question about changing the font to improve italics and small-size rendering. Mar 14, 2017 at 9:27

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