Web compatable Fonts

September 18th, 2009

Fonts that are default system fonts and can be displayed on all systems:

Windows fonts / Mac fonts / Font family
Arial, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif
Arial Black, Arial Black, Gadget, sans-serif
Comic Sans MS, Comic Sans MS5cursive
Courier New, Courier New, Courier6monospace
Georgia1, Georgia, serif
Impact, Impact5, Charcoal6sans-serif
Lucida Console, Monaco5monospace
Lucida Sans Unicode, Lucida Grande, sans-serif
Palatino Linotype, Book Antiqua3, Palatino6serif
Tahoma, Geneva, sans-serif
Times New Roman, Times, serif
Trebuchet MS1, Helvetica, sans-serif
Verdana, Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif
Symbol, Symbol (Symbol2, Symbol2)
Webdings, Webdings (Webdings2, Webdings2)
Wingdings, Zapf Dingbats (Wingdings2, Zapf Dingbats2)
MS Sans Serif4, Geneva, sans-serif
MS Serif4, New York6serif

1 Georgia and Trebuchet MS are bundled with Windows 2000/XP and they are also included in the IE font pack (and bundled with other MS applications), so they are quite common in Windows 98 systems.

2 Symbolic fonts are only displayed in Internet Explorer, in other browsers a font substitute is used instead (although the Symbol font does work in Opera and the Webdings works in Safari).

3 Book Antiqua is almost exactly the same font that Palatino Linotype, Palatino Linotype is included in Windows 2000/XP while Book Antiqua was bundled with Windows 98.

4 These fonts are not TrueType fonts but bitmap fonts, so they won’t look well when using some font sizes (they are designed for 8, 10, 12, 14, 18 and 24 point sizes at 96 DPI).