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How to save text in svg files as Arial and not Arial-MT.

Oct 20, 2013 10:04 PM

Tags: #illustrator #font #save #browser #compatibility #svg #mt #arial-mt

Hi all,


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.



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    Oct 20, 2013 11:21 PM   in reply to bioSLOTH

    Define a paragraph style.



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    Oct 20, 2013 11:29 PM   in reply to bioSLOTH

    That's what I meant. Define a text style. If a text style exists, AI will embed it as a CSS class with all the relevant properties retained.



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    Oct 21, 2013 9:10 AM   in reply to bioSLOTH

    Buy and load a copy of the Arial font you want on your machine. Unload the Arial-MT font.

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