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Specifying fonts in Web pages

The content of this section has not been updated since June 1997 and is provided for historical interest only.


Using FONT FACE, SIZE & COLOR to specify type

Introduced into Microsoft® Internet Explorer in August 1995, the FONT FACE extension to HTML has served as an interim solution to some of the problems of specifying fonts within Web pages. The following documents explain the uses and limitations of this tag.


Cascading Style Sheets

The World Wide Web Consortium describe CSS1 as 'a simple style sheet mechanism that allows authors and readers to attach style to HTML documents.' According to its authors CSS1 uses 'common desktop publishing terminology' which should make it easy for professional as well as untrained designers to make use of its features.


Cascading Style Sheets Specification

Here the most important typographic sections of the December 17 Cascading Style Sheet Recommendation (the specification can be found at http://www.w3.org/pub/WWW/TR/REC-CSS1 [ext link]) are reproduced with added comments, examples and notes.


Cascading Style Sheets Demonstrations

Typography on the Web The following examples use CSS in a range of ways; some sensible, some silly, some informational and some artistic. Use Microsoft Internet Explorer's 'view source' option to see how the gallery pages have been constructed.



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