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If the first font in the list is installed, the computer will apply it. If not, it will try to apply the second in the list, then the third, and so on, until reaching the end of the list of fonts, at which time it would apply the browser default font typically Times New Roman.

Font embedding Modern browsers allow font embedding, a technique that allows the browser to download font definitions for non-standard fonts and then display text in those font faces. While most system-level fonts are designed for some level of readability, many custom-designed fonts are not.

Care should be taken to use fonts that maintain high levels of readability. Simply changing the font face has no impact on screen reader or other types of accessibility, so long as the actual underlying text is maintained in an accessible format. Font designed especially for on-screen viewing Although serif fonts such as Times and Times New Roman are generally regarded as the most readable font family for printed text, there is conflicting information about which font is the best to use for web-based content.

Conventional wisdom has been that sans-serif fonts are more suited to electronic formats, but this convention probably has its roots in the fact that older computer screens were less capable of rendering serif fonts. Most modern computer monitors are capable of displaying all types of fonts with almost as much perceived clarity as a printed page.

Recent studies have resulted in inconsistent findings, making it difficult to say which font family is best suited for the web. Some fonts, such as Verdana, Tahoma, Trebuchet MS, and Georgia, were developed specifically for use in electronic media, and are now quite commonly used. Verdana Verdana is one of the most popular of the fonts designed for on-screen viewing. It has a simple, straightforward design, and the characters or glyphs are not easily confused. For example, the upper-case "I" and the lower-case "L" have unique shapes, unlike Arial, in which the two glyphs may be easily confused.

Another advantage of Verdana is that the spacing between letters. One consideration to take into account with Verdana is that it is a relatively large font. The words take up more space than words in Arial, even at the same point size. The larger size improves readability, but also has the potential of disrupting carefully-planned page layouts.

This is less of the issue of the developer designs with flexibility in mind. See the section below on font sizes. Note Helvetica and Arial are nearly identical, though there are small differences. Helvetica was the original font, and Arial was developed later and became more widespread even if less popular among typographers due principally to the inclusion of Arial with the Windows operating system.

Tahoma is somewhat larger than Arial, but smaller than Verdana. The spacing between letters in Tahoma is tighter than either Arial or Verdana, giving a somewhat "scrunched together" appearance, especially when compared to Verdana, and especially when used for long passages of text. The spacing between letters can be modified with CSS, but the glyphs in Tahoma still have a tall, narrow quality to them which gives somewhat of an odd overall appearance when the letter spacing is increased.

Trebuchet MS Trebuchet is an attractive font, but it has subtle curved embellishments that may decrease overall readability for long passages of text. The curve at the bottom of the lower-case "L" helps to distinguish the "L" from the upper-case "I," but when the "I" is viewed out of context, it looks like it could be a lower-case "L. This is still a rather popular web font because it "has some style," so to speak. It is unique and has an artistic feel to it, but is still readable for the most part.

In terms of accessibility, it is better than some fonts, but not as good as others. Georgia Georgia is like the other web fonts discussed so far in that it is wider than similar fonts meant for print design. Unlike the other web fonts, though, Georgia is a serif font, more along the lines of Times New Roman. Georgia is somewhat easier on the eyes than Times New Roman, although high resolution screens with font smoothing technology also display Times New Roman quite well.

One advantage of using Georgia is that it is not the default text of the browser. It is easier for users to see that the designer has applied some style to the font when fonts other than the default font are specified. Number of Fonts The idea of using a limited number of fonts is not specific to disability issues, and is not an accessibility concern per se.

It is, however, a good guideline to follow in typographic terms. Using too many fonts can clutter the document and make it more confusing. Documents with no more than 2 or 3 font faces look more organized, more streamlined, and more coherent. In general, purely stylistic changes should be defined using CSS. The styles for creating bold text using CSS is font-weight:bold.

It may make sense under some circumstances, but only rarely. Lengthy segments of capitalized content are more difficult to read. They also may give the impression that the author is shouting.

Screen readers generally do not read text differently if it is in all capital letters, so listeners will not know that the author is giving emphasis to the text. Contrast Text is much easier to read when there is a sufficient contrast between the text and the background. Black text on a white background is the de facto standard for both print and the web. However, this combination is not ideal for all users. Users with very low vision may set the background to black and the text to white or yellow.

Users with dyslexia may set the background to an off-white color or light yellow, with black text. Some people with dyslexia lay a clear sheet of tinted plastic over the screen in order to read more effectively. Web developers cannot control for these user behaviors, and they do not have to. Users will do what they need to do, and what they are accustomed to doing, in order to read.

The main concern for web developers is to ensure a high degree of contrast for the general population of readers. Example Yellow on black is good contrast. Black on white is good contrast. Maroon on black is bad contrast. Green on red is bad contrast. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines define a formula for determining whether there is sufficient contrast between the foreground and the background. Font Size Should you specify a font size other than the default font size?

This question is one of many design questions that is best answered by saying "it depends. Some designers think that the default font size is too big. Perhaps it is, for some users. For other users it may still be too small. It is impossible to create the perfect font size for all audiences. Fortunately, most browsers allow users to enlarge or shrink the font size according to their preferences.

Users with low vision often alter the settings of their browsers to accommodate their needs. Some users use screen enlargement software to accomplish this task. In many ways, the font size is not as important as it used to be, because of the increased customizability of browsers and assistive technologies. However, it is important that your design accommodate increased text sizes without loss of readability or functionality.

Relative units vs. This provides much flexibility in modifying the visual presentation using CSS. For accessibility, because modern browsers adequately resize text regardless of how the size has been defined, it is not vital that text sizes be defined in relative sizes. This is especially relevant to people with attention deficits or cognitive disabilities. Neither is likely to cause a seizure, but they are likely to decrease the readability of the document as a whole and increase the time it takes for users to finish reading it.

The situation is further complicated if users are required to click on moving text. Users with slower reaction times, tremors, or other motor difficulties may not be able to click on the links accurately. In general, blinking or animating text should be avoided. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines require that text or other elements that automatically animate provide functionality for the animation to be paused or stopped. Last updated:.

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If the first font in the list is installed, the computer will apply it. If not, it will try to apply the second in the list, then the third, and so on, until reaching the end of the list of fonts, at which time it would apply the browser default font typically Times New Roman. Font embedding Modern browsers allow font embedding, a technique that allows the browser to download font definitions for non-standard fonts and then display text in those font faces. While most system-level fonts are designed for some level of readability, many custom-designed fonts are not. Care should be taken to use fonts that maintain high levels of readability.

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In this article Overview The Trebuchet typeface family, like Verdana and Georgia, was created for use on the screen. Designed and engineered in by Microsoft? Borrowing elements from both the geometric and humanist classifications of sans serif type - Connare acknowledges the influence of designs as diverse as Gill Sans, Erbar, Frutiger, Akzidenz Grotesk and the US Highway signing system - Trebuchet infuses any page with energy and personality. Its letterforms, loosely based on sans serif typeface designs of the s and s, carry a large x-height and clean lines designed to promote legibility, even at small sizes.

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