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Chapter 5. Fonts > Font Families

5.1. Font Families

Although there are, as was discussed earlier, a number of ways to label what is effectively the same font, CSS makes a valiant attempt to help user agents sort out the mess. After all, what we think of as a "font" may be composed of many variations to describe boldfacing, italic text, and so forth. For example, you're probably familiar with the font Times. However, Times is actually a combination of many variants, including TimesRegular, TimesBold, TimesItalic, TimesOblique, TimesBoldItalic, TimesBoldOblique, and so on. Each of these variants of Times is an actual font face, but Times, as we usually think of it, is a combination of all these variant faces. In other words, Times is actually a font family, not just a single font, even though most of us think about fonts as being single entities.

In addition to each specific font family such as Times, Verdana, Helvetica, or Arial, CSS defines five generic font families:


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