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Dynamic Fonts

The introduction of the face attribute of the <font> element gave Web developers the capability to choose the font in which their content should be rendered, giving them much greater control over the final appearance of their documents. The advent of style sheets and the CSS standard—now supported by the two most popular Web browsers—adds an even greater capability for you to specify the precise font, format, and position of everything on your Web page. Increasingly, the visual effects that you develop through HTML, without having to rely on large graphics or other types of plug-in content, are limited only by your imagination.

Unfortunately, one implicit assumption is made that might get you into trouble when using <FONT FACE> or style sheets: These techniques work only if your user has the desired font installed on his or her local system. Although this should not be a problem for the "standard" fonts installed with Windows, you might run into problems if you want to use less popular fonts, or when your documents are viewed on other computer platforms. Many of your carefully constructed documents and effects can be ruined if your page is rendered in fonts other than the desired ones.


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