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    SitePoint Zealot DarkMonkey's Avatar
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    I pretty much always use verdana, I'm pretty concerned as to which fonts I use. I mean you can assume everyone has verdana, arial maybe sans or whatever, but what other fonts are on most os's as standard, I read somewhere that Win95 had like eight fonts as standard, and subsequent versions have those as well, I can live with people who aren't using windows seeing my page in "Browser default" the thing is, I'm not sure what these core fonts are.

    If anyone has a list of the fonts that are pretty much globally compatible, I'd really appreciate it

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    According to about.com:

    Common Mac Fonts - Arial, Chicago, Courier, Geneva, Helvetica, Times (usually browser default).
    Common Windows Fonts - Arial, Comic Sans, Courier New, Georgia, Helvetica, Times New Roman (usually browser default), and Verdana.

    On newer computers, most of the above fonts are common to both platforms.

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    ...and check out this site www.wpdfd.com/wpdfonts.htm for text size differences between Mac and PC!

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    Overall I think you will please all the OS if you use Helvetica. This one is like Arial, but comes on OS other than Windows and Mac, like Linux, QNX ...
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    Great resource, OneChance! Thanks for posting that.

    I think that Verdana and Georgia are two of the better choices, as they were designed specifically for on screen viewing. I find Helvetica/Arial to be less legible.

    Verdana and Georgia are pretty safe to use because they get installed with IE on both platforms. (Of course, I always specify mutliple font faces: "Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif")

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    Same here johntabita. Also I sometimes put geneva in there "Verdana,Geneva,helvetica,sans-serif"
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    Thanks, as ever, your help is invaluable.

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    Marina, when I first started designing, I was also really concerned about the PC/Mac font display difference. However, after doing a lot of cross-OS, cross-browser testing for one site, I found that the really big difference wasn't between the PC and the Mac, but between IE and Netscape. NS displayed the fonts MUCH smaller than IE. It was fairly easily fixed by using JavaScript to detect the browser and then serving up a browser-specific stylesheet.

    I don't know if anyone else has a different experience? But that's just what I've found so far.
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    Yes, I agree. I am not too concerned though as long as my sites are USABLE. That is the most important thing, not that the font size is exactly how I see it on my machine.


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