View Full Version : Fonts in CSS design?

Jan 25th, 2009, 07:50 PM

I was wondering if you could help. I'm trying to find a font family that will 100% work all all PC's and Mac's, so i've been following this page:


However, I like the look of the BBC site and was wondering if the body text font they use is just Verdana alone, it looks like it to me?
If so:

1) Is Verdana always going to be an avaliable font on all PC's and Mac's (ie they have no back-up fonts after that ie Verdana, Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif) so that's the only font family they need to specify in their stylesheet?

and my second question is about this website:


2) What font-family do they use for the headline 'Humberside Police warning ahead of Hull City v Millwall' as I like it. Can anyone recognise it and is it a 'safe' font to use?



Jan 25th, 2009, 08:59 PM
BBC website looks like Verdana to me, the headlines on that other site look like Tahoma (Geneva on macs).

And yeah Verdana's the one to go for IMO if you want it to work across the board, it's default on all macs and pcs so unless for some reason the user removed it, you'll be fine.

Jan 25th, 2009, 10:22 PM
Thanks for that. Is the other headline Tahoma exactly, ie no other variations, and would that be avaliable on all PC's/Mac's?

Jan 25th, 2009, 11:30 PM
If you're looking for 100% typeface compliance, you're going to fail. Windows and OS X aren't the only two OSs in the world: almost all flavours of Linux don't have the Web Core Fonts. Specify backup families. It's going to be easier and the user will never know the difference.