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Chapter 1. Finding Inspiration > Font/Type Issues on Web Sites

Font/Type Issues on Web Sites

If you've been designing Web sites for a while, you know that not everyone has the same fonts on their computers as you have on yours. When you design a site, you must take this into consideration. If you design a site with a nonstandard font that's not installed on the client's machine, the page will look fine to you, but won't display as you designed it. There are several fonts that are commonly used for Web sites. These fonts can be used on Web sites that are displayed cross‐platform. The fonts are Arial, Times New Roman, Courier New, Courier Mono, Helvetica, and Verdana.

In addition, you can specify serif or sans serif as the font. Serif refers to the decoration at the end of strokes that make up letters or characters, such as the diagonal at the end of the angular ascenders of a capital A. When a font is sans serif, there is no decoration at the end of strokes or letters. Figure 1-5 shows a serif and sans serif font.

Figure 1-5: To serif, or not to serif? That is the question.



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