OVERVEIW
LEGIBILITY & READABILITY
LEADING, COLUMN WIDTH & TYPEFACE
WEB TYPOGRAPHY
CHARACTERISTICS OF TYPE
ON THE WEB
CONTENT, STRUCTURE & VISUAL RESULT
LEGIBILITY ON THE WEB
ALIGNMENT ON WEB PAGES
LINE LENGTH ON WEBSITES
TYPEFACES FOR THE WEB

Typefaces for the web

When a web page loads, the browser is told to write text onto the screen using a specified font, one that is stored on the computer that the browser is running on. Therefore, if the web pageís code is calling for a font that a user does not have installed on their computer, it wonít show up! What that person will instead see is a default font, which might look a little ugly.

Now you might be wondering why this will happen so often if there are so many fonts installed on your computer. Well, hereís the problem: the two most widely-used operating systems, Windows and Mac OS X, each come installed with a different set of fonts.

In fact, between these two systems, there are only ten fonts that overlap.

Now thereís a bit of grey area here. Users of older operating systems donít have some of these fonts declared web-safe. Even worse, users of Android mobile phones donít have any of these fonts.

So to be clear, there are only five fonts that are considered universal: Arial, Courier New, Georgia, Times New Roman, Verdana.


However, there is now a way to use more fonts ...
Google Fonts
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