What Fonts Work for Web Sites and Blogs?

If someone reading your Web site or Blog does not have the font installed that you used to build the HTML in your site, then, they will not be able to see it as you designed it.
For example: if you use a font like Franklin Gothic in your site and your visitor does not have it installed they will see the default Sans-serif font that is installed on their system, which is usually Arial.
If you used a Serif font like Century Schoolbook and your customer does not have it installed they will see the default Serif font that is installed on their system, which is usually Times Roman.
1) Web Safe Fonts that work on all platforms:
• Arial / Helvetica
• Courier New / Courier
• Times New Roman / Times
2) Fonts that work on Windows and the Apple Mac OS but not Unix/Linux and *nix variants are:
• Arial Black
• Comic Sans MS
• Georgia
• Impact
• Trebuchet MS
• Verdana
3) Other fonts that usually are cross-platform compatible:
• Avant Garde
• Bookman
• Garamond
• Palatino
4) If you need to use a font that is not on the list above you can make a .gif or .jpg image with the desired font . The easiest solution is to simply insert the picture in your Web. This text will not be seen by search engines so make sure to use an “alt” attribute (tag) on the image and repeat the text if it is an important keyword or keyphrase in the body of your text. If you want a cleaner, more sophisticated solution, you can use CSS to display the image behind the text, then hide the text by giving it a negative indent. (For specifics, search Google using the keywords “image replacement”.) This technique has the benefit of allowing you to still use standard markup for optimal search engine friendliness.
To learn more about Web typography, please see: http://web.mit.edu/jmorzins/www/fonts.html
Another great resource for Web Font and Typeface Information is here: http://www.efuse.com/Design/web_fonts_basics.html

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