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Old thread, but the appropriate place to post the last Codestyle Font Survey results for Windows, Mac & Unix - results as of March 16, 2002
Most Commonly Installed Fonts:
Windows - [codestyle.org ]
Mac - [codestyle.org ]
Unix - [codestyle.org ]
Comic Sans huh!
But it does look like the MS basic font pack is almost universal for Mac/Win machines... and if you include Helvetica in your sans-serif set, and Lucida (!) in your serifs, Linux is mostly covered too. (Linux is what throws the monkey wrench in the works, apparently!)
Thanks for the links, papabaer. :) Great reference!
Both stylisticly different from time and arial, but still popular amongst most comps....
P.S. I think im off topic here, got lazy after reading the first 10 threads...
I found the site when I was helping a friend who wished to use some "less common" fonts on her first web site, since her basic design was crafted around these particular fonts, I sought a good reference to aid in explaining why, it is best to stick with "commonly installed" fonts that also have comparable second and third level backups.
This is one of the things I notice quickly on "newbies" site's - they like to live "font dangerously" - worse thing is, most don't even know it.
I like to reset mine to Wingdings or some other kind of symbol font when I'm checking pages. That way I can easily spot any places where I forgot to give some preferred options.
It's best to give a list, especially if you try for some of the less popular fonts. Make sure to list a widely available Mac and PC font as the last resort.