on 7/11/02 4:06 AM, Mark Gallagher at [EMAIL-REMOVED] wrote:
> Ryan Schroeder wrote:
>> I'm styling some form elements inline, how can I spec a two word font?
>> the following doesn't seem to work
>> font-family: "Trebuchet MS, Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"
>> font-family: ""Trebuchet MS", Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"
>> font-family: "'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"
> style="font-family: 'Trebuchet MS', Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;"
> FWIW, you should probably place "Helvetica" before Arial, as many
> UNIX(ish) and Mac OSes have Arial *and* Helvetica installed. As
> Helvetica is a more attractive font to begin with (not to mention that
> many Linux boxes have crappy Arial fonts), it's probably better if they
> see Helvetica instead of Arial.
There's a great article by the respected artist and type designer Mark
Simonson that backs this up, "The Scourge Of Arial." It's a history lesson
of why this nefariously ugly ripoff of Helvetica and other grotesks became
ubiquitous on computers, and how it was developed to avoid paying licensing
fees to developers:
Be sure to read the sidebars, and "How To Spot Arial."
BTW, this applies to Times New Roman too.