Thunderbird Discovery

For the longest time, I’ve been puzzled by the fonts I’d see in certain UTF-8 encoded HTML messages in Thunderbird. If the message didn’t specify fonts itself, i.e. the default font was to be used, the message would always display in DejaVu Serif, no matter how I set the default font in Thunderbird’s preferences. Because of this, I had been using DejaVu Serif as my default font. It’s a decent looking font, but it’s a bit on the large side, so I was forced to set font size smaller than I’d like.

The font selection dialog in the Preferences has an language/encoding selection drop down, which shows “Western” when you bring it up. Yesterday I had the bright idea to check if there was a selection for UTF-8/Unicode. There wasn’t, but there was a choice for “Other Languages.” So I tried changing the fonts for that, and the UTF-8 messages were displayed with that font. Problem solved.

But it would be nice if there was a way to set a default font for all languages/encodings.


2 comments so far

  1. Matthias Kluwe on

    Thank you for writing this — I’ve had the same problem (but was shown a really ugly font, thus the pressure for finding a solution was quite big).

  2. Andy Heasman on

    At last!! This has been bugging me for months. many thanks 🙂

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