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FONT SIZE and FACE

The previous section explained that in type, point size refers to the distance between the bottom of the lowest descender and the top of the highest ascender with a little bit added on. This fact helps to explain why different typefaces, displayed in exactly the same point size, often look as if they are different in size.

The following text is displayed in 18pt Arial and 18pt Times New Roman.

FONT SIZE and FACE example 1

The text displayed in Arial looks bigger than the same passage displayed in Times New Roman. This is even more noticeable when text is displayed at the common Web browser default of 12pt.

FONT SIZE and FACE example 2

For this reason when Web page designers specify Arial they often use <FONT FACE="Arial" SIZE=2>. At default browser settings this will usually render text in 10pt Arial.

FONT SIZE and FACE example 3

It is important to remember that there are many people who don't have Arial installed on their computer and that there are still people using older Web Browsers that do not support the <FONT FACE> tag. For most of these people text specified using <FONT FACE="Arial" SIZE=2> will be displayed at 10pt in their default font, usually a variant of Times New Roman. As can be seen from the following examples, results may be considerably less legible than expected.

FONT SIZE and FACE example 4



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