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    How safe is it to use Wingdings font?

    That's it really - someone in my team asked this question

    "Can we use a Wingdings font to display a checkbox symbol - this way it could be rescaled, which is better than having an image"

    I agree ... but I don't know how much browser/OS support there is for Wingdings.

    Anyone got any pointers on this?
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    Re: How safe is it to use Wingdings font?

    Originally posted by lloydi
    That's it really - someone in my team asked this question

    "Can we use a Wingdings font to display a checkbox symbol - this way it could be rescaled, which is better than having an image"

    I agree ... but I don't know how much browser/OS support there is for Wingdings.

    Anyone got any pointers on this?
    Windows only, maybe Macs with MSOffice/Mac installed. Other users will get your alternative font.

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    On the other hand; "Windows only" == 92% or something

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    If a lot of your visitors use non-Microsoft operating systems, I'd recommend against it.

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    do you mean using a checkbox symbol instead of a proper checkbox in a form ? or just as a symbol ?
    i'd agree that it's probably only safe to do if your audience is windows-only...
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    Originally posted by jofa
    On the other hand; "Windows only" == 92% or something
    Actually it's about 94%, and I'm sure just about everyone with a Mac also has a MSOffice app of some sort (at least, everyone I know with a Mac has it), so you'll likely get about 95-97% of your audience with Wingdings installed. If you're that worried about it though, make a jpeg or other graphic file that everyone will be able to see (that is, unless you wanted to write an entire page in Wingdings).

    On a side note, I remember seeing a rave site once that had directions and times for events in Wingdings font. You had to copy the text and paste it into Word and convert to another font to get the directions. It was a rather funny security measure.

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    So basically the checkbox wouldn't be in the context of a functional checkbox. I nearly had the insane idea it would be possible to actually style a checkbox via CSS and then disable its functionality. However styling an invisible element - or one with the same colour as the canvas - with four borders could be an interesting thought, then I had the notion of SVG nether are that well supported.

    I'd probably steer clear of using the font to describe a checkbox though within a web page unless it was supported by the title attribute...


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