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Hour 4. Formatting and Stylizing Text > Adding Web Page Fonts

Adding Web Page Fonts

HTML is fairly limited in terms of font usage. Sure, you can select a beautiful font to apply to the text on your page, but that in no way ensures that your visitors will see the same thing. Why? Well, for an HTML page to be displayed in a particular font, that font must be installed on the user's computer. Although you can apply any font that is installed on your computer to the text on your pages, if the visitor to your site does not have the same font installed on his machine, the text will appear in the default font as set in the visitor's Web browser. The default is often plain old Times New Roman.

One way of dealing with this problem is to create font sets. A font set is a listing of fonts that the browser will look for on the user's computer when a page is loaded. In this way, you have more of a chance of loading a certain font or one similar to it. If you have five fonts in your font sets, the browser will look for the first one in the list. If it is not found, it looks for the second, and so on.


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