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    Favorite Font

    I'm curious about what font type everyone likes to use. What does everyone think is the cleanest looking and easiest to read?
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    for regular text on a page I think verdana is the best
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    Yup I go for Verdana for screen reading every time

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    century gothic is nice for headings
    Verdana for page text


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    I tend to favor sans serif fonts. I've trying trebuchet now in place of verdana, which I've used way to much

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    Well, "Mason Sans" is a font that's interesting, but really you have to think of what theme the font would fit; typically for onscreen display a font like; Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, overall Sans-Serif as they are fairly legible and look clean and non-pixelated at small size.

    Georgia, on screen display tends to look more interesting the "Times New Roman", and "Comic Sans MS" can be good for cheery sites. But for print I tend to prefer Serif, using both Serif and San-Serif on a page for specific roles seems to work in general.

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    Arial all the way!
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    My new flavor of the year for 'normal text' is verdana set at 8pt.

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    I often go with Verdana, but sometimes I do opt for Arial instead. Just whatever I think goes best with a particular site, but I do like both...

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    I prefer Trebuchet MS and Verdana !!
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    "verdana,arial,helvetica,sans-serif" all the way for me - providing alternatives is always your best bet, just in case the font you want isn't installed on the user's system.

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    fernando - a cool funk text, not for body content though. for that I prefer verdana
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    Well, "Mason Sans" is a font that's interesting, but really you have to think of what theme the font would fit; typically for onscreen display a font like; Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, overall Sans-Serif as they are fairly legible and look clean and non-pixelated at small size.
    Verdana can deffinitly have a pixelated if it's smaller then 8px, it depends on the background and foreground color

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    Verdana for me...
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    Verdana and Arial are definitely my personal favorite.

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    I like Verdana too. So much, in fact, that I set my browser prefs so that no matter what font is specified, text always displays in Verdana.

    I can't stand serifs for screen reading. The only reason they are good is because they have hints that make them easier to read, but they just look pixelated and rough on computer screens. When they are on a piece of paper, they look incredible.

    You might take fonts for granted, but there is a ton of work put into them to make them easier to read. Examine each letter closely (a really good laser printer helps) and you will see why there are only 5 really good serif fonts, but hundreds of good sans serif fonts.

    Well, here are my picks...
    Serif fonts
    • Garamond
    • Palatino
    • Times
    • New York
    • Sylfaen


    Header/Logo fonts
    • Techno
    • Industria
    • Gill Sans
    • Chicago


    Screen reading fonts
    • Verdana
    • Geneva
    • Tahoma
    • MS Sans Serif
    • Arial


    p.s. From the Random Tip of the Day Dept., always take a look through Wingdings and Webdings for logo icons!

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    My favorites: Verdana (screen-reading), Arial (same), Times New Roman (for print ONLY), and Georgia (for screen-reading).

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    Print: Times New Roman
    Web (screen reading): Verdana

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    What about Herald for heading?

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    Recently, i've fallen in love with serif "typewriter" esque fonts...I found a motherload of them to download (TrueType) at:

    http://www.free-typewriter-fonts.com/Fonts.html

    Just thought i'd share

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    Verdana is alright, but I LOVE Trebuchet....

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    http://www.galactica.de/frameset.html

    Neuropol - Stylish
    Phoenix - Professional
    Eight Track - Cool
    Zurich - Professional
    Verdana - Nice, Smooth
    Arial - Cool, serious
    Trebuchet MS - Beautiful, smooth
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    typophile...

    georgia and verdana were two of the first fonts designed first for the screen and not print... and they are a part of the standard batch we all get when we get our Boxes.

    i once read a report (which i would give you the link to if i could recall where i saw it) based on user testing of the standard system fonts... most users liked reading verdana at 10px... but of course this is a specific demographic of users... my guess is that most of them were young and web aware... if you stick yer madre and padre in front of the screen they will squint and ask you what happen to the type...

    so the best font is really a matter of user preference...

    many site have used a band-aid with the site theme/skin functions that switch style sheets to match a users fancy (like zeldman does on http://www.alistapart.com/ )

    apple has a pretty good batch of info on fonts if you are interested... been awhile since i was there... so i am not sure if it has been updated... but here it is...

    http://developer.apple.com/internet/fonts/

    as i recall it dealt mainly with how the different fonts render in various browsers on various platforms...

    good luck.

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    it has to be verdana & arial

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    arial is a fake helvetica http://www.ms-studio.com/articles.html


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