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Subject:Re: help re online fonts From:Sarah Lee Bihlmayer <tecscrib -at- SIRIUS -dot- COM> Date:Tue, 6 Feb 1996 22:19:52 -0700
On Feb. 7, Colleen Dancer wrote:
>We are developing a Windows GUI application and there is disagreement as
>to whether to use MS Sans Serif or Arial. Can anyone provide information
>which is better.
The main difference is, Arial is a TrueType font (resembles Helvetica) and
MS Sans Serif is a bitmapped font...in fact, it's one of the screen fonts
Microsoft uses in their GUI to label windows, dialogs and such. Word's Tip
of the Day, for instance, uses MS Sans Serif. It was designed to look good
on the screen. Arial, IMHO, looks OK onscreen, but I really think it's
better suited for printed output. YMMV.
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