Article: Browser "Safe" Fonts

by Shruti Gupta


Browser "Safe" Fonts
By Shruti Gupta

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 multiword 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 (Sansserif)
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






About the Author


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


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