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Web-Safe Font Samples

There are only 9 fonts that are considered to be "web-safe," which means that they look the same on pretty much any computer running any operating system.  If you need to use some fancy font for your title, create a graphic of it, but be sure to provide the alternate text, so search engines can see what you said.  

So here are the 9 fonts:

This is Comic Sans in 11 pts. It is a sans serif font and is probably an over-used font on the Internet.  It projects an informal feel, but I think the bolding makes it less crisp.   Here it is in 12 pts. And here it is in bolded. Here's the italics.

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This is Trebuchet in 11 pts. It is a sans serif and is probably one of the least used web-safe fonts on the Internet.  It's a little tighter than the comic sans in that the letters are closer together. I think it or Verdana are your best choices for a sans serif font.  Here it is in 12 pts. And here it is in bolded. Here's the italics.

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This is Verdana in 11 pts. It is a sans serif and is probably the easiest to read font on the Internet.  It's a lot wider than the comic sans and was developed specifically for the Internet. While it is a frequently-used font, there's a good reason.   Here it is in 12 pts. And here it is in bolded.  Here's the italics.

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This is Georgia in 11 pts. It is a serif font and was developed specifically for the Internet.  It's a little tighter than the comic sans in that the letters and the lines are closer together. The New York Times switched to this font from Times New Roman several years ago saying that the "Times" in the font name referred to the London Times not them.  It is easier on the eyes now in my opinion.  Here it is in 12 pts. And here it is in bolded.  Here's the italics.

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This is Arial in 11 pts. It is a sans serif font and is over-used on the Internet, especially for business and technical sites.  It's a little tighter than the comic sans in that the letters and lines are closer together.  Here it is in 12 pts. And here it is in bolded.  Here's the italics.

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This is Courier New in 11 pts. It is a serif and each letter takes up the same space to evoke the feel of a typewriter.  I used it in my header of this writers' website because it seemed more writerly, but probably not a great choice for a total page.  Here it is in 12 pts. And here it is in bolded. Here's the italics.

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This is Times New Roman in 11 pts. It is a serif and is probably  over-used font on the Internet.  It's a quite a bit  tighter than the comic sans in that the letters are smaller & closer together. If you choose this go to 12 pts.  Here it is in 12 pts. And here it is in bolded.  Here's the italics. 

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This is Arial Black in 11 pts. It is a sans serif and is not used much on the Internet.  It's much bolder than other fonts and shouts.  Here it is in 12 pts. And here it is in bolded.  Here's the italics. 

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This is Impact in 11 pts. It is a sans serif and is probably the least used font on the Internet.  It's tighter than the comic sans in that the letters are closer together. I think it's really hard to read, but it is different.  Here it is in 12 pts. And here it is in bolded.  Here's the italics.

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In addition to the above fonts, symbols such as ©, @, or µ; Webdings such as, k, ,, i, t, h, r, e; and Wingdings such as,  d, ,, l, r, 3, z, are also web-safe. 

So did you figure out which font I use for my standard font?  Yep, it's Verdana.


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