The purpose of this article is to provide background information on Lighthouse’s use of web fonts, and how to ensure web fonts are visible in your Lighthouse instance.
If you are unable to see web fonts in Lighthouse, you will need the help of your IT support team to allow their use.
WHAT ARE WEB FONTS?
Web fonts are like normal desktop fonts (e.g. Arial, Times New Roman) but are not pre-installed on the user’s system. The fonts are downloaded by the user’s browser while rendering the webpage, and then applied to your text.
Web fonts are used broadly on the internet.
The use of web fonts offers two key benefits for web systems like Lighthouse: styling to
ensure the interface looks good, and font-based icons. In Lighthouse, almost all
the icons (small graphics that represent an action or a state) are web fonts.
ARE WEB FONTS DISABLED FOR ME?
The clearest indication that your browser is not allowing web fonts in Lighthouse is
that the title will be truncated, and you cannot see the icons for some menu items.
HOW DO I ENABLE WEB FONTS?
In most cases, you simply need to ask your IT support team to add your Lighthouse URL to their list of Trusted Sites via Group Policy.
Note: Group Policy is a means of rolling out system-wide configuration options via a central mechanism.