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Nick Finck

July 1, 2002 at 12:49 PM

Now, we all know Arial is not really the most elegant font out there on the Web, this article tells you How to Spot Arial. So that brings up the question of using Helvetica in place of Arial... good idea but flawed in reality. Helvetica is not a true cross-platform font as some would like to have assumed, for that matter, neither is Arial and certainly not Grotesque. The most ideal san-serif typeface to use on the Web for ASCII text is a combination of Helvetica, Arial and the default san-serif... in that order. Of course, if you were using CSS you might be able to get away with defining a font family rather than a face. [from Zeldman]

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