Font Face


Font face or the typeface is the font family that is applied to a font. In Typography font faces come into two major categories:


  • Serif: a font with decorative extensions, curls and handles (called serifs)
  • Sans-serif: a font that lacks serifs



Font Faces



Font Faces for Web Designers


Web designers unlike print designers cannot use any font they want. A web page can only display a font that is installed on the viewer’s computer. If the font is not installed on the machine, the browser will replace it with one of system's default fonts. So it’s better to restrict your fonts to the web safe fonts.


Web Safe Fonts:



Sans-Serif: Arial, Verdana, Helvetica, Geneva               
Serif: Times, Times New Roman, Georgia, Courier   



Although Times and Arial are the most popular fonts, they appear to have some readability issues. The font Verdana was developed to solve this problem:





Font Limitation and the Solution


There is only a hand full of web safe fonts that you can use in HTML and CSS which limits the level of your creativity. The solution to this is using a system like Google Web Fonts which provides you with hundreds of high-quality free, open-source fonts optimized for the web that you can include in your pages using the Google Web Fonts API.



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