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Chapter 8. Fonts and Characters > Changing Font Face - Pg. 256

Fonts and Characters 256 When the computer scientists at CERN invented the protocols now known as the Web, the Internet was used largely by scientists working for the government or universities. The Web Tim Berners-Lee envisioned was an updateable library of papers, theories, data findings, and discussion. That helps explain why tags such as <acronym>, <citation>, <code>, <keyboard>, <sample>, and <variable> appeared in the definition of the HTML Language, now under the care of the W3C (The World Wide Web Consortium). Some of the more common tags are illustrated in Figure 8.13. The <acronym> tag does not change the appearance of text, but the code looks like this: The <acronym title="World Wide Web Consortium">W3C</acronym> is located in Switzerland. As with many of these tags, the <acronym> tag is used rarely; it's included in the Quick Tag editor Hints menu, but not in the menu bar. It would be convenient for indexers if all uses of acronyms carried the tag with the title attribute defined; however, its use isn't widespread enough to be practical. Of course, there's probably a re- search lab somewhere that loves it for in-house cataloguing. If you're out there, let me know. Changing Font Face Unless you specify a font face, any text on your pages will appear in the user's browser window in their browser's default font face. Most users probably have Times New Roman (Times) as their default proportional font, although some may have changed it. When specifying font faces on a Web page, keep in mind that not every user has every font installed --far from it. Additionally, fonts that come from the same typeface family can be named several different things (such as Arial, Helvetica, and Univers), or the same font may be named different things on different platforms (Times New Roman on Windows is nearly the same as Times and New York on the Mac).