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Q1: Because I can't know what fonts my visitors might have on their computers, shouldn't I steer clear of fancy fonts—especially considering that some browsers don't even support them?
A1: Actually, fonts are a pretty safe bet. First, keep in mind that when you use fonts, nothing terrible will happen in browsers that can't support them—those browsers simply display the text in their default display fonts.

Second, all versions of Windows come with a default set of TrueType fonts, and Macintoshes are equipped with a similar list. If you use fonts from these default lists, you have a pretty good shot at getting your desired font displayed to most Netscape and Internet Explorer users on PCs and Macintoshes—and that's a majority of the Web surfers out there. You can better your odds by sticking with the three “super fonts”—Arial, Times New Roman, and Courier—so that computers lacking those fonts can substitute a similar font.


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