I work for a website company and spend a lot of time producing images which contain standard text within svg files for use on webpages. I have noticed that the text in these files often doesn't display properly: it is misaligned and in sarif. I have found this is due to many browsers not recognising the text 'Arial-MT' that illustrator uses as its standard Arial font.
Now, I thought this would be a quick fix - but after a week of searching I am unable to find a solution to this!! It seems that Illustrator makes it impossible to save text within svg files as Arial - a universal font that all web browsers can read. This seems like a critical failure in Illustrator and basically makes Illustrator unusable for web-based svgs...
At the moment I have resorted to creating a program that finds and replaces Arial-MT to Arial within the actual svg file. I am posting this to ask if anyone know if there is an actual way within illustrator to save Arial AS Arial and not this ridiculous Arial-MT fonttype that no webbroswer can use.
But as far as i know the only way to define a text style is:
1) choose an illustrator supported font e.g. Arial-MT
2) edit the svg file directly (in notepad) to manually set the font style
My problem is that there seems to be no way to set the font-style to 'Arial' within illustrator (selecting arial under the fonts actually saves the text at Arial-MT). It is extremely laborious to manually change all the text in an svg file to Arial within notepad. Additionally, if i then reopen the file and save it again - illustrator changes the font back to Arial-MT!!
Just to clarify the problem:
Say i want to create a text element using illustrator CC. I select the Text tool and type my text. I change the font to Arial. I then save the file as an svg. If you open this svg file in notepad, you can see that the Arial text is actually saved as Arial-MT. This slightly different font is unreadable by IE, firefox, chrome or opera! Obviously a massive problem when creating svgs for the web.
How do I get illustrator to use Arial instead of Arial-MT?
Thanks and good luck!
If i understand correctly, Illustrator fonts are synched with the fonts folder on the computer. Searching in this folder, I can find Arial but not Arial-MT. So I don't think it is possible to remove Arial-MT from illustrator via the fonts file. It is a font type specifically used by illustrator. The illustrator preferences menu system is actually very bare so I have no idea how to remove/change this font!
Any help much appreciated.