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Chapter 8. Adding and Formatting Text > Formatting Text Fonts

Formatting Text Fonts

Controlling fonts on Web pages presents unique difficulties. For one, there’s no way of knowing what fonts or font technologies a given Web visitor will have available. For another, it’s unlikely that all the same fonts will be available to any two Web visitors. Finally, even fonts that appear identical down to their names might have subtle differences when obtained from different vendors or even from the same vendor when used on different platforms.

The original HTML specification tried to avoid font confusion by avoiding fonts. Instead of providing a way to specify fonts by name, it provided ways to flag blocks of text by their structural use in the document. Responsibility for assigning specific fonts then fell to the Web visitor’s browser.


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