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Font: serif;    12pt

Web Design involves more than just images and content. Careful layout involves every detail of the visible space (called Real Estate). Font selection is just as critical to look and feel of the web page as are the layout, colors, theme, navigation, and images.

The biggest problem with using FONTS is that the selection is so limited. Aside from the generic fonts, (serif, sans-serif, monospace etc), there are a very limited number of fonts that are universally installed on users machines. Why is that important? Well consider this. A web page is not like sending a fax of a hard copy document. In a hard copy, the fonts are already printed on the page. On a web page, however, only the instructions to create the page are sent. This allows the document to be transferred many hundreds of times faster than a fax over the same line.

Since only the instructions are sent, not the finished document, it is left up to the user's own browser and operating system to read the instructions and build the web page as best they can according to those instructions. If you instruct your browser to use a particular font, that font must already be installed in your operating system. There is software that will try to match a requested font with an installed font based on weight, kerning, leading, serifs, width/height ratio, stroke thickness, etc, but those programs have not found their way into the world of browsers.

So, what is a programmer to do? Well, he could limit himself to generic fonts, and a small list of common fonts. He (or she) could bring their text into Photoshop, and turn it into a graphic and embed the graphic in place of the text. That would slow the download speed drastically, and make editing dynamic content (from a database) next to impossible. Or they could take a chance that a font is installed on most machines (and if not, be stuck with Times New Roman). A programmer can list several fonts that are acceptable for a given place on the page. The browser will search the list of requested fonts in order til it finds one which is installed. This make life a lot easier for web programmers, but not perfect.

This application allows you to select from a number of commonly installed fonts. Not all the fonts in the two lists will work on your machine, in fact, most probably will not. But the list is about as universal as you can get considering there is still no agreement is the software world what fonts to package with all brands of browsers.

To use this application, simply select a couple of fonts to compare, then set the font size to use for the comparison. You can even change the default colors to some limited degree. If you are interested in knowing more about color, please visit my many color applications by clicking on the "Quit/Home" button.

You can even view this page using those unusual and unique fonts loaded on your own computer, even if you just finished creating those fonts yourself. Any font installed in your operating system can be displayed on the right side of the page, by using the "On My System" applet on the left of the page.

Below are several copies of the Alphabet to display the rest of the characters in your selected font.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

ABCDEFGHIJKLMN OPQRSTUVWXYZ

abcdefg hijklmnop qrstuv wxyz

1234567890 ! ? @ # $ % & *

Font: sans-serif;    12pt

Web Design involves more than just images and content. Careful layout involves every detail of the visible space (called Real Estate). Font selection is just as critical to look and feel of the web page as are the layout, colors, theme, navigation, and images.

The biggest problem with using FONTS is that the selection is so limited. Aside from the generic fonts, (serif, sans-serif, monospace etc), there are a very limited number of fonts that are universally installed on users machines. Why is that important? Well consider this. A web page is not like sending a fax of a hard copy document. In a hard copy, the fonts are already printed on the page. On a web page, however, only the instructions to create the page are sent. This allows the document to be transferred many hundreds of times faster than a fax over the same line.

Since only the instructions are sent, not the finished document, it is left up to the user's own browser and operating system to read the instructions and build the web page as best they can according to those instructions. If you instruct your browser to use a particular font, that font must already be installed in your operating system. There is software that will try to match a requested font with an installed font based on weight, kerning, leading, serifs, width/height ratio, stroke thickness, etc, but those programs have not found their way into the world of browsers.

So, what is a programmer to do? Well, he could limit himself to generic fonts, and a small list of common fonts. He (or she) could bring their text into Photoshop, and turn it into a graphic and embed the graphic in place of the text. That would slow the download speed drastically, and make editing dynamic content (from a database) next to impossible. Or they could take a chance that a font is installed on most machines (and if not, be stuck with Times New Roman). A programmer can list several fonts that are acceptable for a given place on the page. The browser will search the list of requested fonts in order til it finds one which is installed. This make life a lot easier for web programmers, but not perfect.

This application allows you to select from a number of commonly installed fonts. Not all the fonts in the two lists will work on your machine, in fact, most probably will not. But the list is about as universal as you can get considering there is still no agreement is the software world what fonts to package with all brands of browsers.

To use this application, simply select a couple of fonts to compare, then set the font size to use for the comparison. You can even change the default colors to some limited degree. If you are interested in knowing more about color, please visit my many color applications by clicking on the "Quit/Home" button.

You can even view this page using those unusual and unique fonts loaded on your own computer, even if you just finished creating those fonts yourself. Any font installed in your operating system can be displayed on the right side of the page, by using the "On My System" applet on the left of the page.

Below are several copies of the Alphabet to display the rest of the characters in your selected font.

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

ABCDEFGHIJKLMN OPQRSTUVWXYZ

abcdefg hijklmnop qrstuv wxyz

1234567890 ! ? @ # $ % & *