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    Verdana best for body text?

    What is the best font to use for the body text for your site? Also, what about font size?

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    It comes down to personal preference really. Typetester is really good for comparing body text.

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    Andy, you're too quick!


    Short answer: No.

    There are plenty of other web-safe's (excluding Linux flavours). You can find a list of the available options here. The choice from those really depends on the nature of your site.

    With font-size, I find 11px the best for content text.

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    I prefer Verdana for body text, but as Toasty says it's all in the eye of the beholder, just make sure to use a font that is installed on most people's computers

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    What a website. Couldn't bookmark it fast enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stymiee
    What a website. Couldn't bookmark it fast enough.
    I could, several months back it time too!

    Yes, as Egor mentioned here, there are some safe fonts available and it all comes down to how your site looks.
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    Here you go !!

    (weird !! nobody mentioned this awesome article posted on SP )

    for instance I prefer Trebuchet MS

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    Speaking of typography links, I had one a few months back but now I've lost it. The site was all about web type and all the "rules" of print you can and cannot apply to the web. It was really great, all I remember of it was that it was in brown and beige colors
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    Dark, great article that. Thanks!

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    The basics of publishing have always been to limit the font and style on any single page to no more than 3 . After this it gets messy subconciously. Verdarna is the easiest to read font on screen as Times New Roman is the easiest to read in print, but a lot depends on the fonts used in graphics logo etc.

    The most important thing though is that it does not look like a comoic strip, and that whatever font(s) you decide upon, you use them uniformly throughout the site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dache
    Speaking of typography links, I had one a few months back but now I've lost it. The site was all about web type and all the "rules" of print you can and cannot apply to the web. It was really great, all I remember of it was that it was in brown and beige colors
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    You mean this one, David? Mark Boulton's stuff is also a good read.

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    Arial for body copy mainly.

    I use Verdana when I need small type if I need bold, small bold Arial doesn't seem to show as well.

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    Yeah! Thanks, Egor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by philm
    ...as well.
    More like at all.

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    I like trebuchet ms as well. My partner doesn't care for it too much though. Straight arial or verdana guy .
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    Verdana for me - unlike many of the other fonts installed on a typical PC, it's one of the few (unlike Arial, Helvetica etc) that have been designed for onscreen viewing

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    Quote Originally Posted by ses5909
    I like trebuchet ms as well. My partner doesn't care for it too much though. Straight arial or verdana guy .
    There's a good reason for that

    My personal preferences are Verdana (smaller sizes), Helvetica/Arial (larger sizes), and Lucida Grande (almost any size).

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldWelshGuy
    Verdarna is the easiest to read font on screen as Times New Roman is the easiest to read in print, ...
    Nice pair of sweeping generalisations there!

    Times is easy to read because it has nice serifs (apparently), however on a monitor the resolution is generally too low for standard body text to display the serifs well. A serif font is still recommended for headings.

    For those of you about to change your style-sheets, the spelling is Verdana, with just the one 'r'.
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    what do you think about Arial Black?
    I only use it within gfx myself !

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    Quote Originally Posted by vgarcia
    There's a good reason for that

    My personal preferences are Verdana (smaller sizes), Helvetica/Arial (larger sizes), and Lucida Grande (almost any size).
    I won't agree that trebuchet is horrible !!
    if alistapart use it it can't be horrible IMO ! no way to compare it with Comic !
    Also see what is said the article on SP about the Anatomy of web fonts: http://www.sitepoint.com/article/anatomy-web-fonts

    Do you agree with him Vinnie?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Tranquility
    ...if alistapart use it it can't be horrible...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frozentoast
    ??

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    I like both Verdana and Trebuchet, but in my opinion, virtually all of the potential body text fonts are more readable with a little extra leading (line-height) thrown in. The browser defaults for that are poorly chosen, I think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Egor
    You mean this one
    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrgghhhhhhhhh!

    another site where the left side is cut off and there's no horizontal scrollbar to go over there!!

    guy might know his typography shiznitz, but doesn't know css very well, eh
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dark Tranquility
    I won't agree that trebuchet is horrible !!
    if alistapart use it it can't be horrible IMO ! no way to compare it with Comic !
    Also see what is said the article on SP about the Anatomy of web fonts: http://www.sitepoint.com/article/anatomy-web-fonts

    Do you agree with him Vinnie?
    ALA uses Georgia for headings and Verdana for body text.

    I'm not a huge fan of Trebuchet (meaning it's not usually my first choice for a site's font) but I don't think it's as horrible as that link made it out to be. I posted it in jest


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