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Lesson 1. Learning the Basics > Changing the Font

Changing the Font

To make your page more interesting and easier to read, you may want to change the font used to display the text. Although a great deal of information is available concerning how type is used for print, not all of that knowledge translates to the Web. You have to consider the fact that users are free to change the screen size or to change the font size and color of the text. The way type flows on a page can change from user to user. Also, a dramatic difference occurs between font sizes in Windows and on a Macintosh. Macintosh computers display text approximately 75% smaller than the same text on Windows computers.

If you are accustomed to print, you might be frustrated by the lack of typographic control, such as line and letter spacing, in HTML. You also can't control widows (single words on a line) in Web text, and you can't control line spacing in paragraphs. You should remember that text support on the Web is still very primitive. You need to work within the constraints of the medium.


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