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Old 01-06-2007, 05:30 AM   #1
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1) If I specify a font for my web page, and another user who accesses those pages via the Internet does not have the same font installed on his computer, what does he or she see?

2) How can I include my special font, if it truly is unique, on my web page so that all users who view it can see the font I selected? (The font in question is Brush Script MT.)

3) Is there a standard set of fonts that all users and web pages have regardless?

   
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Old 01-06-2007, 06:50 AM   #2
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1) If I specify a font for my web page, and another user who accesses those pages via the Internet does not have the same font installed on his computer, what does he or she see?

2) How can I include my special font, if it truly is unique, on my web page so that all users who view it can see the font I selected? (The font in question is Brush Script MT.)

3) Is there a standard set of fonts that all users and web pages have regardless?
You're supposed to specify an order of three fonts. I follow KT's suggestion of just specifying one and either serif, or san serif, but the validators don't really like it.

I think asking what fonts are in common regardless has become again an interesting qquestion, as by now the list has to have grown. it used to be about six. Here's an interesting link.

http://www.ampsoft.net/webdesign-l/WindowsMacFonts.html


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I specify and use only two fonts, Arial plus one other. That one other, as I indicated in my original post, is Brush Script MT. I appreciate your response, but my three questions remain unanswered.

   
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Old 01-06-2007, 07:24 AM   #4
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1) If I specify a font for my web page, and another user who accesses those pages via the Internet does not have the same font installed on his computer, what does he or she see?

2) How can I include my special font, if it truly is unique, on my web page so that all users who view it can see the font I selected? (The font in question is Brush Script MT.)

3) Is there a standard set of fonts that all users and web pages have regardless?
(1)The default font in the user’s browser; or, if you specify it as « Brush Script, script » they may see whatever script font they may have identified.

(2)You cannot.

(3)No. Closest best guess would be that users should have Arial, Times, Courier or Courier New, and Verdana. Brush Script MT is not on any list of common web fonts I have ever seen. (You can see one such list at the Code Style site; even though some of these, including Arial Black, seem kind of far-fetched to me.)

If you want to use Brush Script, you will need to use an image. (Brush Script is by no means unique, by the way.)

   
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Re ampsoft's opinions ... it gives me pause when the first font on their list of XP fonts at

http://www.ampsoft.net/webdesign-l/w...y-version.html

is one that I don't have on my XP computer, Agatha.

   
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You're supposed to specify an order of three fonts. I follow KT's suggestion of just specifying one and either serif, or san serif, but the validators don't really like it.
I have never seen a recommendation that you list three fonts, and I have never had a validation problem when I list one and the generic (serif or sans-serif).

If you really spelled it “san serif” it would not be recognized, btw.

   
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Kathleen,

Your signature "Kathleen" is similar to Brush Script MT. What "standard" font available in most browsers comes closest?

   
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Your signature "Kathleen" is similar to Brush Script MT. What "standard" font available in most browsers comes closest?
None that I know of. Closest thing to a script is Comic Sans MS, and it is nothing at all like Brush Script.

   
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Kathleen,

What is the font that you use for your signature "Kathleen"?

   
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What is the font that you use for your signature "Kathleen"?
Blaze, from ITC.

   
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