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Chapter 5. Fonts > Classifying Font Families

Classifying Font Families

Font families are often classified into a few general categories. The number and names of categories vary from one typographic tradition to another. Here are the questions CSS asks when classifying a font family:

  • Does it have serifs (defined shortly) or is it sans serif?

  • Is it proportional-spaced (variable-width) or monospaced (fixed width)?

  • Was it designed to resemble handwriting?

  • Is it intended primarily for decorative purposes rather than for use in running text and headings?


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