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From: "Jonathan N. Little" <lws4...@gmail.com>
Subject: Re: Verdana
Date: Fri, 24 Aug 2012 09:56:04 -0400
Organization: LITTLE WORKS STUDIO
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Tim W wrote:
> I am making a site for a small business. They already have a logo and
> letterhead which uses Verdana, so I should use it on the site really.
> A quick web search to get the right font-family declarations threw up:
> 1 statements that Verdana is designed for onscreen use and is totally
> readable and suitable.
> 2 statements that Verdana is no good as a web font because of size
> issues eg it is bigger than most fonts
> 3 advice to not mix it with other fonts
> 4 advice to mix it with other fonts using it say, only for headings
> but not for paras
> As usual we struggle in the deluge of poor quality information off of
> the internet. What are the problems with Verdana in practice?
As others have said, the "crime" is using it and then compensating for
Verdana oversize appearance by doing:
font-size: 75%; ...
because if the user does not have Verdana on their system that have to
deal with a page with microfont. A page can still be read if the font is
larger, but the reverse is not always true! I suggest selecting fonts
that are similar in appearance when selecting alternatives and ones most
users are most likely to have installed.
If downloadable fonts ever become standardize than maybe this issue will
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