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I only ended up naming a default font because too many systems' serif default is some version of Times, which I loathe. Pages that specify a font for non-default content* can be counted on (literally) my fingers.
font-size: medium; font-family: Palatino, serif;
I use Verdana at a size of 1.1em.
Now, what really makes me foam at the mouth is sites that set an explicit font size in points or pixels.
Why do you set a larger-than normal default when Verdana--like most sans-serif fonts--already reads big?
I add a line-height of 150%.
My default for p and li elements is 1.2. I haven't set a global default because for some things like tables, an even 1em is likely to work better. If a sub- or superscript--or a stray word in a different font--makes the affected lines go further apart, your default line-height is probably too little.
Just in case they might not be familiar with Ctrl+ or Ctrl-