View Full Version : Question about Font appereance

Jan 18th, 2009, 05:04 PM
Thanks in Advance !
I was wandering for like lot of time but, today i'm going to ask about it !

Does it matter if i use some other fonts for my website and visitor of website doesn't have it on computer ?

Is there any way that i can make them avilable on server instead of making them installing manually ?



Jan 18th, 2009, 09:08 PM
If you try to use a font on a webpage which the user doesn't have installed on their computer, it'll just display as the browsers default font, which is usually the rather unattractive Times New Roman.

Just stick to the classics like Verdana, Arial, Tahoma, Geneva etc. to make sure you dont run into any problems.

If you use CSS you can list fonts, so that if the user doesnt have the first one installed it will try the next, and so on, which can be pretty useful. For example:

font-family: Verdana, Arial;

If Verdana's not installed, it'll display Arial.

Jan 18th, 2009, 10:03 PM
A couple of references:

Common fonts to all versions of Windows & Mac equivalents (http://www.ampsoft.net/webdesign-l/WindowsMacFonts.html)
Complete Guide to Pre-Installed Fonts in Linux, Mac, and Windows (http://www.apaddedcell.com/web-fonts)


Jan 19th, 2009, 03:38 PM
Common has the right idea here. Choose the font you want, but also understand that few visitors may have that font. Create the list to have one to three alternatives that could be used. Also, be sure to test how your site looks with each font. You may find that, when the browser falls back to using another font, the result is no acceptable. For example, line spacing or page layout may be altered due to varying font metric attributes.