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what happens if....
I specify a particular typeface and no alternative?

 3:25 am on May 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

such as "Comic Sans MS"

if someone pulls up this page and does NOT have this font installed on their system, what do they see?

a blank page?

some other "default" font?

I can't figure out a way to test this on my own.



 9:34 am on May 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

I would say it displays the browsers default font, as if you didnt specify one at all. Most browsers have times or times new roman, while f.ex safari uses georgia.


 9:43 am on May 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

Remeber that Comic Sans MS has been known to cause instant disdain among most designers. Not putting the font down, but it is the subject of many a web design joke.


 9:44 am on May 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

yep it will use the default, which is usually a serif font.

in this case you might want to specify

"Comic Sans MS", sans-serif

so at least you will get a sans-serif.


 2:24 pm on May 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

edit_g, I'll go the whole hog and say Comic Sans is a disgrace to typography :).

For a laugh check out this site : [bancomicsans.com...]


 2:33 pm on May 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

I'm totally taking this thread on a tangent, but I actually had a chance to use comic sans for its intended purpose. I did some maintenance work on "Comic Book the Movie".

Although, I still felt funny actually selecting the face.


 3:33 pm on May 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

Comic sans is a joke, yes, but all things have its useful place [csszengarden.com].

Its like colors, who would actually use pink and brown together 10 years ago? Tody its the trademark of a "hot designer who dares to break traditions". Some day you'll see comic sans all over the elit designer creations. Today a joke, tomorrow a trend.


 4:43 pm on May 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

err, what was the original topic again? ;-)


 9:03 pm on May 10, 2004 (gmt 0)

I still remember the day I saw a place named "Hobo Barbeque" and the name was painted on the building in, you guessed it, the Hobo font. :)

And the answer to the question is it displays in the default font. Most browsers default is Times but I have seen people fax in a page from my site and they overrode all font settings to be Zapf Chancery. I didn't even recognize my own page. :)

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