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hi all,

I heard that "At present, a popular design choice is to use a sans-serif font (such as Arial, Verdana, Tahoma, etc.) for the main body text of a site. However, most Web browsers default to a serif font like Times New Roman..."
But my question is this:-

1. What is the best font to use and why?
2. How would the selected font look on other operating systems like Mac or Linux?

Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author bz1406
    I think Verdana is the best...
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    • Profile picture of the author Agung Prabowo
      Tahoma would be the choice for me, looks more streamlined, professional and is very compatible to all OS. Plus its very easy to read as well.
      Yup i agree........
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  • Profile picture of the author Daveone
    The font to use for any design depends on the design. It is difficult to say which font is the best.
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  • Profile picture of the author tajimd
    Georgia is best for heading and titles and Arial for the body
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    • Profile picture of the author aisling
      As has been said, it depends on your purpose and the image you want to convey. San serif fonts are easy to read and look very modern. Serif fonts convey tradition.

      If you're going with a serif font, choose Georgia. It was designed to print clearly and look good. (I print lengthy webpages to read offline, so this is a high priority for me.)

      If you're choosing a san serif, I favor Tahoma, but Arial is universally good, too. I'd try each of them to evaluate the visual impression and readability on your screen and a few others.
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  • Profile picture of the author tihomir_wwf
    in all my sites, I use Arial, but it really depends on your purpose
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    • Profile picture of the author Karen Blundell
      I use Georgia on my blog. I like it because it looks nice, in my opinion, and it's less used than Arial or Verdana.
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  • Profile picture of the author fizik
    I use vandana for my website. I love it. Its easy to read
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  • Profile picture of the author WebTraveler
    I have to agree with using Georgia for the headings and san-serif for the body text. One thing you need to keep in mind is the order of the font. For example Arial, Verdana, Tahoma, If you have arial first on one page or style and verdana on another they won't match. A hard lesson learned.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lloyd Buchinski
    My favorite for awhile now has been Calabri. It's for all my docs
    and is the first listed in my css, but I believe it can only be seen
    so far on vista. I also like Arial and Verdana.
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  • Profile picture of the author shkid
    I prefer Verdana, for me it's the best one.
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  • Profile picture of the author robertstr
    I think the best font to use is Verdana. The only font being well researched/experiment by micrsft etc with their micrsft eyes before being introduced. Do you agree with me?
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  • Profile picture of the author ArtW
    It is always varied to what site, but my base I use Helvetica Its the most uniform in my eyes and is pretty standard.
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  • Profile picture of the author lingerieexposure
    I have always been told Verdana is for business writing. It is easy to read. Looks like there are many opinions to your question. It is probably wise not to use too many font styles on your website.

    Alan
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    • Profile picture of the author shkid
      Originally Posted by lingerieexposure View Post

      I have always been told Verdana is for business writing. It is easy to read. Looks like there are many opinions to your question. It is probably wise not to use too many font styles on your website.

      Alan
      I fully agree with you, it's perfect for business writing.
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  • Profile picture of the author brapster
    i use arial or verdana as well...

    TNR makes sites and documents look oldskool!!
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  • Profile picture of the author regan
    Times New Roman is the best because is the most used.
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    • Profile picture of the author Peggy Champlin
      Some studies say that non serif fonts are easier to read online, while serif fonts are easier to read in print. Others say it doesn't really matter.

      I use Verdana the most, and sometimes Arial or Tahoma. I like Verdana because the letters are spaced a little further apart and I find it more readable.

      For headlines, you can choose what looks nicest and most readable.

      In the end, I agree with many here who say it just depends on your design and your preferences. And those of your audience!
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  • Profile picture of the author Loren Woirhaye
    for heads - arial, verdana, impact.

    for body copy Courier and courier new are good - older readers
    like these fonts.

    Young readers may prefer sans-serif fonts but in print sans-serif
    fonts cause catastrophic dips in comprehension. Online is
    a different, but I feel not SO different.

    Yanik Silver used Times for a recent launch. John Reese used
    Courier New on Traffic Secrets 2.0. - so the prevailing idea
    that sans-serif fonts are best for the internet goes against
    what some of the savviest marketers are doing.
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    • Profile picture of the author Peggy Champlin
      Well, yes. And I could name a dozen successful internet marketing gurus with sans serif fonts on their sites.

      The bottom line is that no one really knows which one is "better", and I suspect that neither is better under all circumstances.

      If you're really interested/concerned, test your sales letter both ways - trying to keep the font size and line spacing the same - and see which does better. It may turn out that it doesn't matter at all. If one does better than the other, then use it.

      But realize that what works best on your site with your copy and your audience doesn't indicate anything about what will work on someone else's site with different copy and a different audience.
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  • Profile picture of the author coverscorp
    hello steve,

    for font, i think century gothic is cool, and look professional
    really like it.

    warm regards
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  • Profile picture of the author Mickm
    verdana was designed for screens, so in that respect it's the best. However I do think it comes down to personal choice.
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  • Profile picture of the author Creadiv
    I like to use Georgia for Heading and Verdana for Body Content. I feel they are the 2 nicest web fonts and they offer good contrast between heading and body text when used together.
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  • Profile picture of the author UnleashReality
    Helvetica Neue for body text, and same font bold for headers.
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  • Profile picture of the author FeivelHH
    I prefer verdana. Its clear and nice to read.
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  • Profile picture of the author BethD
    All browsers will render standard fonts that come packed with Windows or Mac the same - Arial, Tahoma, Verdana, Times Roman, Georgia, etc. If you start getting into Comic or Buttermunchies2 or something like that the user has to have those fonts on their own machine for them to render correctly. If the browser doesn't find those fonts on the user's machine, it will drop down into Serif or Sans Serif so if you're using an oddball font, be sure to specify an alternate

    The hierarchy would be - Buttermunchies2, Comic, Arial, Sans Serif - that way you're telling the browser to render in your preferred font first, if it isn't present, then go to Comic, then Arial then finally just plain old San Serif (which I think is usually Arial in most browsers and Times Roman is usually the serif)
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  • Profile picture of the author webarts
    depends on the site mainly

    Verdana is better
    Georgia would be great for Heading
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    • First off I will say that the font will look the same across all platforms.

      Now, to the main question, which type of font do you use. This is really a matter of opinion and depends on the type of image you are wanting to portray.

      Times New Roman is more of a strict, professional, older business type font, so would be better for businesses that have been around and in the market a long time.

      Verdana is said to be the new Professional, vibrant, corporate look.

      It is really all up to you and how each font plays into your over all look and design feel.
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  • Profile picture of the author tulsatech
    SISMediaGroup, I clicked on your link that said "custom wordpress themes" and it took me to your site, but when I clicked on the link to view the actual worpress themes I got the following error: "The requested URL /wordpress-templates.html was not found on this server."

    Just thought you should know in case others experience the same problem.
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  • Profile picture of the author pdrw07
    I always use verdana. Best for title and body <3
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  • Profile picture of the author sainshea
    For me, Arial is the best one. Its simple and very elegant
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  • Profile picture of the author articlemaster
    I love using Georgia..its too good me..
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  • Profile picture of the author .warrior
    My favorite font for Heading is "Trebuchet MS". It looks good in my designs.

    In paragraphs i use Arial, because it is very readable and clean.

    I use cufón - fonts for designer fonts.
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