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Under Construction. Web Fonts:
Fonts common to most web browsers and platforms (Windows, Mac, Unix)
Andale Mono, Ariel, Arial Black, Brush Script MT, comic Sans MS, Georgia, Impact, Times New Roman, Trebuchet MS, Verdana, Webdings

Arial (Windows) abcdefghijklmnABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQ@&*
Helvetica (Mac, Unix) abcdefghijklmnABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQ@&*
Times New Roman (Win)abcdefghijklmnABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQ@&*
Times (Mac, Unix) abcdefghijklmnABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQ@&*
      For Mac users, the equivalent of Times New Roman is Times
Courier (Mac) abcdefghijklmnABCDEFGHIJKLMQ@&*
Courier New (Win) abcdefghijklmnABCDEFGHIJKLMQ@&*
Other common cross platform fonts
See also fonts in character sets
Palatino abcdefghijklmnABCDEFGHIJKLMQ@&*
Garamond abcdefghijklmnABCDEFGHIJKLMQ@&*
Bookman abcdefghijklmnABCDEFGHIJKLMQ@&*
Avant Garde abcdefghijklmnABCDEFGHIJKLMQ@&*
Fonts that work on Windows and MacOS but not Unix+X are:
Verdana abcdefghijklmnABCDEFGHIJKLMQ@&*
Georgia abcdefghijklmnABCDEFGHIJKLMQ@&*
Comic Sans MS abcdefghijklmnABCDEFGHIJKLMQ@&*
Trebuchet MS abcdefghijklmnABCDEFGHIJKLMQ@&*
Arial Black abcdefghijklmnABCDEFGHIJKLMQ@&*
Impact abcdefghijklmnABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQ@&*
Other common
Tahoma abcdefghijklmnABCDEFGHIJKLMQ@&*
Geneva abcdefghijklmnABCDEFGHIJKLMQ@&*
Book Antiqua abcdefghijklmnABCDEFGHIJKLMQ@&*
Palatino Linotype abcdefghijklmnABCDEFGHIJKLMQ@&*
Palatino abcdefghijklmnABCDEFGHIJKLMQ@&*
Lucida Console abcdefghijklmnABCDEFGHIJKLMQ@&*
Lucida Grande abcdefghijklmnABCDEFGHIJKLMQ@&*
Monaco abcdefghijklmnABCDEFGHIJKLMQ@&*
Brush Script MT abcdefghijklmnABCDEFGHIJKLMQ@&*
Zapf-Chancery abcdefghijklmnABCDEFGHIJKLMQ@&*
American Typewriter abcdefghijklmnABCDEFGHIJKLMQ@&*
Braggadocio abcdefghijklmnABCDEFGHIJKLMQ@&*
Capitals abcdefghijklmnABCDEFGHIJKLMQ@&*
Century Gothic abcdefghijklmnABCDEFGHIJKLMQ@&*
Century Schoolbook abcdefghijklmnABCDEFGHIJKLMQ@&*
Century Schoolbook Italic abcdefghijklmnABCDEFGHIJKLMQ@&*

Georgia, Trebuchet and Verdana were designed specifically for the web.

Mac OS: LucidaGrande, Monaco

Browser Defaults:
TypeIE 5.2Firefox
Proportional:Times New RomanSerif
Serif: Times New RomanTimes
San-serif: ArialHelvetica
Monospace: Courier Courier
Cursive: Brush Script MT
Fantasy:Comic Sans
Works with IE 6 on Windows 2000
Monotype Corsiva
Comic Sans MS
Requires Win XP
Brush Script MT
Brush Script Std
Brush Script
Comic Sans

Serif or sans serif?
The unwritten rule of typography on the web: sans-serif is good for small(er) type on screens, whereas serif is good for such type on paper. Serif fonts for headings work well either way.
On the web, serifs are tiny, subtle strokes which, on screen in a small size, become a rather crude series of little square bitmaps. Their absence makes the font more readable.
Font sizes below 12pt are pretty hard to read in serif.

On Windows, serif fonts tend to look pretty damn bad without XP's ClearType font enhancement.

Verdana is the best font for on-screen reading.

Futura - abcdefghijklmnABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQ@&*
Gill Sans - abcdefghijklmnABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQ@&*
Helvetica Neue - abcdefghijklmnABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQ@&*
Optima - abcdefghijklmnABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQ
Webdings - abcdefhijklm B F G H O P
Wingdings - abcdef ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOP
Symbol and Zapf Dingbats work in IE but not Firefox or Safari
Symbol - abcdefghijklmnABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQ
      (Should be: )
Zapf Dingbats - abcdef ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOP
      (Should be: )
The following usually appear the same as Arial
helvetica - abcdefghijklmnABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQ
MS Sans Serif - abcdefghijklmnABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQ
sans-serif - abcdefghijklmnABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQ

Font Coding:
Fonts can be coded in HTML as:
<SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: font-family: Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, san-serif; FONT-SIZE:18pt;"> abcdef ABCDEF
or <FONT SIZE=5 FACE="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, san-serif">abcdef ABCDEF
<SPAN style="FONT-FAMILY: Zapf Dingbats; FONT-SIZE:18pt;"> abcdef ABCDEF
or <FONT SIZE=5 FACE="Zapf Dingbats">abcdef ABCDEF

Defaults for LCPC:
Our system is set up to create pages with the following fonts; Ariel, Ariel Black, Ariel Narrow, Comic Sans MS, Courier New, System, Tahoma, Times New Roman, Verdana and Wingdings. That is not to say that some other fonts may not creep in when using copy/paste to create some pages, but we try to stay primarily with Verdana, and Ariel. Regards Eric

Common fonts to all versions of Windows & Mac equivalents
Web Safe fonts at: MIT,,
Web Safe Fonts at - Design Tutor , The Internet Digest (TID)
Character Sets
Font choices play a crucial role in presentation design Browser-SafeFonts OS
Reading and Typography
It's About Typography
Common fonts to all versions of Windows & Mac equivalents

Other font pages here:
fonts in character sets,

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last updated 22 Jan 2011