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Fonts make a big difference to the look and experience of the website. Usage of fonts requires sense of aesthetics and discretion. We have the liberty to use any font we want in an image but when we specify the fonts for the text on a web page, we need to ensure that we use only “browser safe” fonts.

Browsers support TrueType fonts and all operating systems come with sets of standard TrueType fonts that have been preinstalled. These preinstalled TrueType fonts are what we can say are “browser safe” fonts.

My recommendation is to specify at least three fonts from the following list in the stylesheet. Out of the three fonts specified, make sure that at least one of them is available in Macintosh and one for Windows. Also, please remember that multi-word font names should be in quotes (example “Times New Roman”).

So, here is a list of fonts that are preinstalled in Windows and Macintosh computers as they come out of the box.

Windows OS

Arial (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic)

Arial Black

Comic Sans (Bold)

Courier New (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic)

Franklin Gothic Medium (Italic) – as of Windows XP

Georgia (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic)

Impact

Lucida Console

Lucida Sans Unicode

Marlett

MS Sans Serif – as of Windows XP

Palatino Linotype (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic)

Symbol

Tahoma (Bold)

Times New Roman (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic)

Trebuchet (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic)

Verdana (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic)

Webdings

Mac OS

American Typewriter (Bold)

Andale Mono – Only installed in OS X if Classic is installed

Apple Chancery

Apple Symbols

Arial (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic)

Arial Black

Arial Narrow (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic)

Arial Rounded MT Bold

Baskerville (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic)

Big Caslon

Brush Script MT

Capitals – Only installed in OS X if Classic is installed

Charcoal – Only installed in OS X if Classic is installed

Chicago – Only installed in OS X if Classic is installed

Cochin (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic)

Comic Sans MS (Bold)

Copperplate (Bold)

Courier (Bold, Oblique, Bold Oblique) – Only installed in OS X if Classic is installed

Courier New (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic)

Didot (Bold, Italic)

Futura (Sans-serif)

Gadget – Only installed in OS X if Classic is installed

Geneva

Georgia (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic)

Gill Sans (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic)

Helvetica (Bold, Oblique, Bold Oblique)

Helvetica Neue (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic)

Herculanum

Hoefler Text (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic)

Impact

Marker Felt

Monaco

New York – Only installed in OS X if Classic is installed

Optima (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic)

Palatino (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic) – Only installed in OS X if Classic is installed

Papyrus

Sand – Only installed in OS X if Classic is installed

Skia

Symbol

Techno – Only installed in OS X if Classic is installed

Textile – Only installed in OS X if Classic is installed

Times (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic)

Times New Roman (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic)

Trebuchet (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic)

Verdana (Bold, Italic, Bold Italic)

Webdings – Only installed in OS X if Classic is installed

Zapf Dingbats

Zapfino

Shruti Gupta works for ECommerce Partners.net (http://www.ecommercepartners.net) – a website design company in New York. Her life revolves around developing search engine friendly websites. Email:info@ecommercepartners.net

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About Shruti Gupta
Shruti Gupta works for ECommerce Partners.net (http://www.ecommercepartners.net) - a website design company in New York. Her life revolves around developing search engine friendly websites. Email:info@ecommercepartners.net WebProNews Writer


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