Using Web Safe Fonts

web safe fonts

The font-family property hold multiple font names as a “fallback” system, to ensure maximum compatibility between browsers and operating systems. If the browser does not support the first font, it tries the next one.

Start with the font you want, and end with a generic family, to let the browser pick a similar font in the generic family, if no other fonts are available:

Bike Typography


     font-family: "Lucida Sans Unicode", "Lucida Grande", sans-serif;

There are some mostly used font combination, organized by generic family.

Sans-serif Fonts

Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif
"Arial Black", Gadget, sans-serif
"Comic Sans MS", cursive, sans-serif
Impact, Charcoal, sans-serif
"Lucida Sans Unicode", "Lucida Grande", sans-serif
Tahoma, Geneva, sans-serif
Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif

"Trebuchet MS", Helvetica, sans-serif

Serif Fonts

Georgia, serif
"Palatino Linotype", "Book Antiqua", Palatino, serif
"Times New Roman", Times, serif

Monospace Fonts

"Courier New", Courier, monospace
"Lucida Console", Monaco, monospace

Cursive and Fantasy Fonts

There is only one cursive font on Windows and Macintosh, but not on Linux and that is:

Comic Sans MS

Smart Phones and Mobile Devices

If you are gonna designing web application for mobile devices, you have less choice. Actually, no common fonts are available for Android devices – instead you should use @font-face method to import the fonts. And for iPhone, iPod, and iPad devices, the following common fonts include:

Courier New
Times New Roman
Trebuchet MS

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