Re: Fonts for Online Documentation

Subject: Re: Fonts for Online Documentation
From: Jim Purcell <jimpur -at- MICROSOFT -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 1997 15:30:37 -0800

Bob Bench responds:

>A few fonts have been designed for
>the ultra-low resolution of the typical monitor. Monotype has a set called
>enhanced screen quality fonts. Many (perhaps all) of these were
>commissioned by Microsoft. These include Arial, Gill Sans, Times New
>Roman, Baskerville and several others. I use Arial for body text in web
>pages because it looks good at small sizes and low resolutions, and it is
>available on every PC that runs windows. The details of serif fonts don't
>reproduce as well as sans serif fonts, so I don't use them for body text
>in online documents.
>Microsoft uses a new font called Verdana for body text in its Web site
>( Verdana is a mostly sans serif font, but it uses
>a few judiciously so the reader can distinguish the number 1, an uppercase I,
>and a lowercase l. It's a nice-looking font, too.
>Jim Purcell
>jimpur -at- microsoft -dot- com
>My opinions, not Microsoft's

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