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Old 10-17-2005, 01:19 PM   #1
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Default Tahoma, Verdana, Trebuchet MS

There is an interesting discussion on the source of these three fonts over on Typophile. Vincent Connare, who designed Trubuchet and Comic Sans when he worked for Microsoft, and Si Daniels of Microsoft, explain how the three fonts are related. Matthew Carter designed both Verdana and Tahoma.
Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs(Verdana)
Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs (Tahoma)
Pack my box with five dozen liquor jugs (Trebuchet)
The narrower, more tightly spaced Tahoma was intended for buttons, icon labels, etc. It was meant for small type sizes and un-anti-aliased text and has no oblique form. It has a large character set, with Hebrew, Arabic, Thai, as well as Latin and Cyrillic sets.

Verdana was designed and hinted for screen use in text sizes from the beginning, and it has two weights, both with obliques.

Trebuchet was also designed for the web, but purposely differentiated from Verdana, with slightly higher ascenders and different details. It too has bold and obliques.

BTW, according to Microsoft’s Daniels, they “did cringe” when they saw Tahoma being used for continuous text on the web.

In case you were curious.

   
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