[thelist] Common Fonts

martin.p.burns at uk.pwcglobal.com martin.p.burns at uk.pwcglobal.com
Wed Dec 20 05:23:11 CST 2000

Memo from Martin P Burns of PricewaterhouseCoopers

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Actually Jacob, there is a serious point here -
Arial and Geneva are both variations on Helvetica, but are
tweaked for improved on-screen legibility.

Helvetica is designed for print use, and isn't very good on-screen.

Times isn't that good onscreen either, but I don't have an
alternative seriffed font to suggest.

Reading material:
Stop Stealing Sheep & Find Out How Type Works
(probably the best typography book for non-typographers)

This is now on my Library article:


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Be sure to read the suggestions others have made regarding this. A
good alternative if you really want Arial as your Windows font is to
use a Mac-only font first in your choices - for example, font-family:
Geneva, Arial, Helvetica;

Geneva is a pretty good looking Mac font and will do just fine for an
Arial replacement on the Mac, Arial will show up on Windows, and for
those hapless (I'm JOKING :) :) :) ) UNIX users, Helvetica should
take up the cause.

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