Using Fonts in Your Web Page
Excerpt from the 10/02/2002 issue of my
Using fonts correctly on your page will help to ensure that all of your visitors view your page exactly as you intended. Visitors typically can only view the font you used IF they have that font already installed on their computer. However, there are ways to work around this and things you can do to better ensure that your page displays the way you want it to:
1. Specify more than one font in your font-family tag:
Browsers will try each font in the order listed until it finds one on the
user's computer, so list your preferred font first, followed by two optional ones. This also gives you some flexibility to get creative with different fancy fonts!
2. If you'd like to expand your selection of fonts, visit any of the "free fonts" sites on the web
and download some new fonts! Here's how to install a new font on your
computer: Click START/CONTROL PANEL/FONTS. Click "File"
on the top toolbar and select "Install New Font." Scroll to find the new font you just downloaded and select it to be installed.
The path may vary depending on your operating system. You may have to close
and reopen any applications you were using before being able to see the new font in your fonts list.
Another option is to open Windows Explorer (right click on
"start" and select "Explore".) Find your new font
file. Right click on it and select "Copy." Then right click on
the "Fonts" folder located under C:/WINDOWS and select
There is also a free tool available for download from Microsoft that will enable you to manually embed fonts into your page by creating "font objects" that are linked to your page. When a visitor views your page, they'll see it displayed in the font style contained within the font object. Here's the link:
Finally, have you ever been curious as to which fonts are the most SAFE to use? In other words, which fonts can be found on MOST internet users' computers? Following is a list of the fonts automatically installed on users' computers by both Windows & IE3+:
Arial Bold Italic
Verdana Bold Italic
| Comic Sans MS
Comic Sans MS Bold
Courier New Bold
Courier New Italic
Times New Roman
Times New Roman Bold
Times New Roman Bold Italic
Times New Roman Italic
Trebuchet MS Bold
Trebuchet MS Italic
Trebuchet MS Bold Italic
Pretty limited, isn't it? You can see now why using the three tips above
will help to broaden your ability to get more creative with the fonts on your page!
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