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stfc_boy
Jan 20th, 2009, 09:56 AM
Hi All,

I'm trying to get me head around these web safe fonts and have found this list, which i'm using:

http://www.ampsoft.net/webdesign-l/WindowsMacFonts.html

But the one bit I don't get is the small numbers alongside the fonts:

ie

MS Sans Serif4, Geneva, sans-serif

So say I created a font family, do I need that 4? Surely It would be:


font-family: MS Sans Serif4, Geneva, sans-serif


Thanks

abduraooft
Jan 20th, 2009, 10:03 AM
MS Sans Serif⁴, Geneva, sans-serif
It's not to be used the font-family value, they are superscript notations used to give some notes below.


⁴ These fonts are not TrueType fonts but bitmap fonts, so they won't look well when using some font sizes (they are designed for 8, 10, 12, 14, 18 and 24 point sizes at 96 DPI).

gnomeontherun
Jan 20th, 2009, 10:34 AM
I have been recently seeing some great resources on a tactic called font-stacks

http://24ways.org/2007/increase-your-font-stacks-with-font-matrix
http://www.sitepoint.com/article/eight-definitive-font-stacks/
http://unitinteractive.com/blog/2008/06/26/better-css-font-stacks/

Which some of their research may be helpful in this quest. Its tricky, but I think you are doing the right thing by learning about fonts. Some say web design is 90% typography...

jerry62704
Jan 20th, 2009, 05:30 PM
BTW, when you have a font with a space in it, put the whole font in quotes.

Bad: MS Sans Serif
Good: "MS Sans Serif"

(assuming MS Sans Serif is the name of a font of course)

Arbitrator
Jan 21st, 2009, 03:11 AM
Some say web design is 90% typography...I have a hard time believing this considering how little choice Web authors have in the font department (without resorting to images or plug‐ins). Maybe after @font-face support catches on though…; all of the major browsers are expected to support it in their next releases (if they don’t already).


BTW, when you have a font with a space in it, put the whole font in quotes.

Bad: MS Sans Serif
Good: "MS Sans Serif"

(assuming MS Sans Serif is the name of a font of course)An even easier rule of thumb is to simply quote them all.