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    Question Fonts common to all Browsers?

    What fonts can I use that will show on all browsers? Is there a list of fonts that are common to all browsers or that are least likely to be replaced by a default font?

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    the problem for that also lies in the operating system. for example, arial, tahoma, sans, and several others are very common for windows however they are owned by someone? windows may get permission to use? not sure. i know that linux uses different kind of open source fonts that may be very similar. that probably didnt make much sense, maybe someone else could add to that.

    basically the font has to be installed on whatever computer the browser is running on. maybe a google search for common fonts:

    http://webdesign.about.com/od/fonts/...pare_fonts.htm
    http://www.ampsoft.net/webdesign-l/WindowsMacFonts.html
    http://mondaybynoon.com/2007/04/02/l...web-typefaces/

    those were a few

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    pgh is right. Fonts are not installed in browsers, they are installed in the operating system.

    The browser may be configured to use a particular font by default, and that may change between browsers, but the font itself has to be found in the operating system for it to be used.

    Typically, fonts used for website text are limited to Arial, Times New Roman, Verdana and Helvetica (I think). There are a few other common fonts, but these are what I see most often.

    Fonts in website text are also regularly called in groups called "families", or font-family. This is a CSS rule and explaining it goes beyond the scope of this thread.

    You can find more information about CSS here: www.w3schools.com/css

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    Thank for your help. Having the font in the computer makes more sense than each browser have their own collection. However, I created the pages on the Seamonkey browsers "Composer" and used a different font than those that you mentioned. What is odd is that the web pages are as I created them with the same font on the Seamonkey browser but have been replaced by the Times font when I use the Firefox browser. Both are on the same computer so I would think that both would have access to the font I used.

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    I would have to see the page to figure out what's going on. That does seem strange, but it could be the way you coded the CSS rules for calling the fonts.

    What version of FF are you using? And what font are you trying to call?
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    Hi Britin, may I know what's the OS are you using - Mac or a PC?

    Fonts are installed in the operating system thus the font type should be shared by all web browsers.
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    now it is possible to embed an open source font type in your code, have the font file on your server and every browser should display it (so they say). i never did get around to trying it , but i read about it once. there should be a thread here about it if you advance search "font" with my username. or google embed font or something like that.

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    Default Default Font

    It appears that the default font for my Firefox browser is Times font. This is what was replacing the font that I had used when I built the web pages. I'll have to go back and change the font on all the pages on the website to conform to the more popular fonts I guess.
    Thanks to you all for your assistance.
    Your link was very helpful "Alreadyhosting" - thanks.
    Last edited by Britin; 10-09-2008 at 10:16 PM.

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    You can change the default font of any browser to suit your needs.

    The way to do so in Firefox (3) is as follows:

    1. In the Main menu bar, Click on Tools >> Options
    2. Select the Content tab (3rd from the left)
    3. In the Fonts & Colors section, you can select your default font and size.
    4. Click on the Advanced Tab
    5. In the Advanced dialogue box, you can select several default fonts for different situations, but the important thing to note here is the checkbox labeled, "Allow pages to choose their own fonts, instead of my selections above."
    6. If you want Firefox to load the fonts stated in the webpages you visit, make sure this checkbox is selected.

    You can modify these steps to older versions of Firefox and Internet Explorer.

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