# Font presentation difference between version 9 and version 10

I am trying to make presentation quality bar charts. As part of my effort, I used the code below. Updated to eliminate font specification. The problem appears to be a rendering difference, not a font selection issue.

t = RandomInteger[{5, 15}, 5];
chlbl = Style[#,16] & /@ {"Toyota", "Ford", "GM", "Honda", "Other"};
BarChart[t,
ChartElementFunction -> "GlassRectangle",
ChartStyle -> "Pastel",
ChartLabels -> chlbl,
AxesStyle -> Directive[Black,16]]


The chart looks good in version 9, not so good in version 10.

Version 9

Version 10

• Looks fine on my MacBook with Mathematica v. 10.0.2 The font is heavier than your upper image, but far smoother than your lower image. Shouldn't Georgia be a serif font? Your lower image is sans serif. – DavidC Mar 1 '15 at 13:45
• I just ran your code on v 10.0.2.0 under Windows 8.1 and obtained a plot like your first one (which I presume is the one you describe as looking good). I had this problem myself some time ago and discovered that I had changed some default setting when using version 9.0.1.0, and this caused problems under 10.0.0.0. Unfortunately, I do not recall the details. – bbgodfrey Mar 1 '15 at 13:45
• Suspect this has nothing to do with BarChart. What happens when you evaluate Style["Some text here", FontFamily -> "Georgia", 16]? – m_goldberg Mar 1 '15 at 15:40
• In version 10.1 Style["Some text here", FontFamily->"Georgia",16] works fine. The Georgia font appears in the selection list. With this font and many others, the rendering is still poor in Histogram (and other charts and graphs). – John McGee Apr 3 '15 at 10:33

Your output looks as if Mathematica fails to find the font: I have a comparable result, if I replace "Georgia" with "SomeFontThatIsNotThere" in your code, while still not quite as ugly as yours.

You might check, if Georgia is available in the Font search paths collection:

Format>Option Inspector…>Global Options>File Locations>Private Paths>"Fonts"

If Mathematica does not suggest an autocompletion for "Georgia" when starting to type FontFamily->", chances are, the font is not found/available.

This output seems to prove that thought:

On my system, Georgia (and all other fonts I tested) renders fine, independent of:

• notebook zoom
• ImageSize
• different FontWeights used

However, I found, that when zooming down the notebook, the vertical axis' labels disappear (and do not reappear when resetting the zoom to 100% again), but that's a different story, I suppose.