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Using web safe fonts
montman

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Msg#: 4032316 posted 6:36 pm on Nov 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

I have created a web page with a black background and yellow text. When I preview this in Safari, it looks great. When I look at it in other browsers, the text looks bad . The font is Tahoma.
Is there a font that is on all computers that would not look bad? I would prefer a non-serif font.
Is it typical that fonts to look especially bad on a black background?

I would greatly appreciate any help as I need to launch my site early November 28.

 

mack

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Msg#: 4032316 posted 6:49 pm on Nov 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

I think the key is to establish safe fonts. By safe I mean fonts that are installed on most systems by default.

Mack.

montman

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Msg#: 4032316 posted 7:00 pm on Nov 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

Thank you Mack. But are there any of those fonts that are installed on most computers that tend to look better in browsers?

StoutFiles

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Msg#: 4032316 posted 7:02 pm on Nov 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

Google web safe fonts.

montman

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Msg#: 4032316 posted 7:19 pm on Nov 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

Thanks again, I'll try that.

jdMorgan

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Msg#: 4032316 posted 9:12 pm on Nov 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

Also, no matter what font you use, yellow text on a black background is *not* going to be easy to read. If the text is important, use boring old black-on-white or a close variant, just like Google, and WebmasterWorld, and newspapers, and magazines...

My first reaction upon seeing a site with text on a deeply-colored background is to switch off colors in my browser. Or if the content doesn't appear to be exactly what I'm looking for, I just leave...

Jim

tangor

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Msg#: 4032316 posted 11:19 pm on Nov 26, 2009 (gmt 0)

Second jdMorgan... do avoid the ANSI BBS look unless there is a real reason to go retro. Sections of a page in contrast can be useful... but the whole website in contrast will lose a lot of visitors.

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