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Font Types

HTML supports a wide variety of fonts.

Each browser responds in its own way. When Internet Explorer shows jiggly font, Mozilla and Safari shows same font crsp and sharp. Why is that? Always be aware that what can be envisioned won't always work.
With the small font sizes used in routine text for web pages, various font types may seem to be the same size. When using large font sizes, size differences become very obvious.
Allow for that when laying out large text sizes for topic or page headings.
Furthermore, note that a wide range of font sizes requires using CSS, Cascading Style Sheets.
A main point here is to make web pages within the capabilities of one's target audience.
Web browsers don't intrinsically handle a broad range of fonts.
Desktop Windows-based machines will also use fonts stored by such word processors as WordPerfect & Word. The Windows XP web browser, handles more fonts by itself than the browser in earlier versions of Windows. Thus, font choices that look good on one computer can lose their impact when seen someplace else.
Creating a *.pdf file is one solution. If one is using non-everyday fonts sparingly, one can create *.jpg or *.gif files using the desired fonts with a drawing program. An issue here is that they'll need to be redone if the background changes.
Verdana, Helvetica and Arial are quite often used on the web. Both IE and Safari show them the same way, some other browsers with a minor errors. Another font Georgia is used some places. Bolding is used here.

As a web designer sometime my clients ask me to use certain font type in their web sites. I try to explain the difference between printed media to web. When they ask me to use a particular font type I ask them do they have that font, do they know the name of it and can they supply to me. They always surprise for these questions. Interesting enough most of them think I should have that font on my computer. Of course I have many fonts in my library (about more than 9000 Windows type and Mac fonts). When somebody needs a font I can look at my library, if I have it, sure I can use it.
If I do not have it, either clients need to supply to me or I buy the font for them online like fonts.com web site.
Fonts are very important in printed media. Sure if you have brochure, business card, letterhead, flyer, or a menu you should use it there. So can we use the font same way in the web? Not precisely.

Here are the some reasons:

1. Web browsers do not display all fonts correctly.
2. Computers installed with different operating systems, or versions of OS's, have different fonts installed.
3. You can not install the font a web user's computer without permission.
4. Not every font display correctly on the web because of web typography.
5. Fonts may look odd on the screen in different sizes.

It is a wise thing to do is using a particular web safe font for minimal error.

This is the standard list of “ Web-safe ” fonts, with the exception of symbol and dingbats fonts.

* Arial
* Arial Black
* Comic Sans MS
* Courier New
* Georgia
* Impact
* Times New Roman
* Trebuchet MS
* Verdana
* Andale Mono
* Helvetica