William S. Peterson wrote:
> I use Utopia as my default font in Netscape, and I have yet to find
> another seriffed face as legible on the screen.
Web page design has more caveats than any other medium!
Many of them pertain to fonts.
For a web designer, there are two problems with changing the
1. It makes evaluating other sites harder, since the general
populace is using the default fonts, and most sites are
designed with that in mind.
2. It makes creating sites harder, since you will not see what
your users are seeing.
On the web, the lowest reasonnable common denominator has great
relevance: America On Line at 28.8Kbaud on a 90MHz Pentium.
Even more relevant is the fact that most people are so unsure
of their computer skills they practically never change
any settings on their browser, and rarely download and install
My point is that any discussion about web-optimized fonts should
keep in mind the following:
1. In the case of fonts rendered to a bitmap (where the browsers
font settings have no effect - thank God!), the font should
have a large x-height, good color, classical letterforms and
be uncluttered but pref with some character (e.g. Poppl-Laudatio).
2. In the case of text-based fonts you have to stick to what's
available on most systems (Mac and PC), keeping in mind that you're
actually using coarse bitmaps that have little to do with
the subtle features of the outline font. I recently made a set
of bitmap fonts for a downloadable non-Latin font (www.narod.org),
and the smaller the size, the more generic the look becomes.
Obviously, for an end-user, changing the default font to something
better is a good idea, as long as one remembers that some sites
will deteriorate as a result.
hrant h papazian