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Fonts for your web page

What font(s) do you want on your web pages? Maybe you are thinking about the style of your page? Maybe you have a special font on your computer you like? What fonts can you use, are best to use? The following are few rules of thumb.

  • For lots of text, sans-serf family fonts are easier to read.
  • Like too many different colors, too many different fonts make a page look un-professional and disparate.
  • For grabbing the eye, serf family fonts do the job.
  • For program source code, monospace fonts work best.
  • If the visitor does not have that font, they can't see that font on your page. The browser will just pick another font.
  • Some browsers can be set to force all text into a particular font.


Browser Friendly Fonts

Key: Windows Fonts - Mac(Apple) Fonts - Font Family Name
Normal style Bold style Italics style
Arial, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif Arial, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif Arial, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif
Arial Black, Arial Black, Gadget, sans-serif Arial Black, Arial Black, Gadget, sans-serif Arial Black, Arial Black, Gadget, sans-serif
Book Antiqua (98), Palatino (2000/XP), Palatino, serif Book Antiqua (98), Palatino (2000/XP), Palatino, serif Book Antiqua (98), Palatino (2000/XP), Palatino, serif
Comic Sans MS, Comic Sans MS, cursive Comic Sans MS, Comic Sans MS, cursive Comic Sans MS, Comic Sans MS, cursive
Courier New, Courier New, Courier, monospace Courier New, Courier New, Courier, monospace Courier New, Courier New, Courier, monospace
Georgia, Georgia, serif Georgia, Georgia, serif Georgia, Georgia, serif
Impact, Charcoal, sans-serif Impact, Charcoal, sans-serif Impact, Charcoal, sans-serif
Lucida Console, Monaco, monospace Lucida Console, Monaco, monospace Lucida Console, Monaco, monospace
MS Sans Serif, Geneva, sans-serif MS Sans Serif, Geneva, sans-serif MS Sans Serif, Geneva, sans-serif
MS Serif, New York, sans-serif MS Serif, New York, sans-serif MS Serif, New York, sans-serif
Tahoma, Geneva, sans-serif Tahoma, Geneva, sans-serif Tahoma, Geneva, sans-serif
Times New Roman, Times, serif Times New Roman, Times, serif Times New Roman, Times, serif
Trebuchet MS, Helvetica, sans-serif Trebuchet MS, Helvetica, sans-serif Trebuchet MS, Helvetica, sans-serif
Verdana, Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif Verdana, Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif Verdana, Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif

The font list for computers made by Apple was obtained from the article "Browser Safe Fonts" by webbedEnvironments.





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