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Web Typography

Type on the Web is as tricky as it gets. It's unpredictable, you have minimal control, and if you're a designer, it's enough to drive you mad. The problem with type is that the Web browser will render it, based on your suggestions, if you're not happy with the default typeface of Times New Roman. However, there is a glitch—end users can specify to their browsers how they want the fonts to appear when they visit Web sites. There are also issues with type size; for example, type on a Macintosh is about 75% of the size of type on Windows.

The best way to control text, to have it appear the way that you want it to appear, is to use a cascading style sheet. Ultimately, it does help to understand how type on the Web works without a style sheet, but if you're already familiar with that, you may want to move on to Chapter 10, “Cascading Style Sheets,” which covers Dreamweaver's CSS styles in exhaustive detail.


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