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Old 06-17-2007, 05:57 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by iamback View Post
Clearly doesn't belong in the same group as Arial and Helvetica...
Which reminds me — why do people persist in specifying Helvetica in CSS? It is a lousy screen font, it is not — unlike Arial in Windows — universally available on Macs, and it is not even the Mac’s default sans-serif — in OS X, that is Lucida Grande (which is very readable though it lacks italics).

The one screen font that exists on all Macs regardless of vintage is Geneva. Many Mac users still consider it to be the best screen font on the Mac (but it has neither italic nor bold).

But really, you do most viewers (Mac or Windows) a favor by specifying Verdana, sans-serif and letting it go at that. They will get Verdana if they have it or their own default sans-serif, whatever that happens to be.

If you compare the fonts mentioned here, you will see that both Arial and Helvetica are too closely spaced for easy reading on screen. (The samples in the attachment are actually larger than we usually see on-screen.)
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