I like using the OmniWeb web browser when I need to get real work done. Between the visual tabs, the workspaces and the Form Editor it’s designed for work efficiency.
But something has bugged me for an awfully long time and I’ve just ferreted out a solution.
The Form Editor
While Safari and other browsers allow you to drag to make a text area larger, OmniWeb offers something unique: if you wish you can open up a form field into a separate, resizeable Form Editor window. This means that you can write in a form field as though you were writing in a whole separate window.
It’s not terribly useful if all you’re doing is adding a name and address to an order form at an online store. But if you’re writing longer entries, such as blog posts in WordPress this capability is stunningly useful.
The microscopic Form Editor Text Size
My problem though has been with the microscopic size of the font in the Form Editor. The default is Helvetica Regular 12 point, and I have to strain my eyes to read it. It’s been bugging me for ages, but repeated checks of the Preferences turned up no controls.
How to change the Form Editor window font
After a deal of searching I finally found the answer to my problem in [REQUEST] Font-size adjust for Extended forms – The Omni Group Forums:
The explanation there isn’t very clear, so here are the steps:
- Click in a form field.
- Click the Form Editor control at the bottom right of the OmniWeb window. The standalone Form Editor window opens up.
- Control click within the standalone Form Editor window. A contextual menu appears.
Font > Show Fontsfrom the contextual menu. A Fonts window appears.
- Select a font Family, Typeface and Size. The text in the standalone Form Editor window changes accordingly.
- Close the Fonts window. Your choices become the default for the Form Editor window.
I suggest the Doulos SIL font
I found that the free Doulos SIL Font at 18 points gives me a pleasantly readable font with a good line height.
The goal for [the Doulos SIL font package] was to provide a single Unicode-based font family that would contain a comprehensive inventory of glyphs needed for almost any Roman- or Cyrillic-based writing system, whether used for phonetic or orthographic needs. In addition, there is provision for other characters and symbols useful to linguists. This font makes use of state-of-the-art font technologies to support complex typographic issues, such as the need to position arbitrary combinations of base glyphs and diacritics optimally.
Now that Form Editor window font issue is resolved I know my work will be speedier and more efficient.