Web-safe Fonts

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Keeping safe with fonts in regular body text is a traditional problem in the web design world.

Fonts are stored on computers in font definition files. They are usually installed as part of the operating system or with third-party software such as Office suites or graphic design packages. Different operating system versions (Windows XP, Vista, 7, Mac OS) ship with different fonts, and different sotware suites offer a multitude of additional fonts.

Not all computers have the same fonts installed, which means that not all computers will render a page of type in the same way. This can have layout as well as stylistic implications for a web page designer.

The problem is simply that fonts are rendered by a computer at runtime. Web pages may request that certain fonts be used, but when a client system is unable to fulfil that request it will do its best to substitute a lookalike.

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