Wich serif fonts are suitable for use on internet?

west_46's picture

Hi,

I am going to start a design for a website and I want to use a serif font. I am looking for background information about the use of serif fonts in internet design. Are there serif fonts specialy designed for use on the internet? Where do I have pay attention to?

I am going to use the font in headings and in body text in combination with Arial or Verdana. Important is that the font is legiblel and that it looks friendly. Wich serif fonts do you recommend?

Thanks for your reaction!

poms's picture

You're talking about a html/css site*?

There is only one that works in smaller sizes on both OS, Georgia. Which is used at typophile.com too.
Check out this Georgia/Verdana-combination at alistapart.com.

* if not, you can use Flash with the possibility to embed the (dynamic) font(s) in the .swf. Or a combination (html, css, flash) called sIFR.

Stephen Coles's picture

For body text, CSS is recommended. So Georgia is the way to go.

Si_Daniels's picture

I'd guess Palatino, Times and maybe Garamond would be your only other cross-platform options. Georgia get's my vote.

west_46's picture

Thanks for your reaction. My question was not specific enough. Sorry for that. So I try again.

I am not interested in the technics of using fonts on internet. (We are working with sIFR) But I would like to know if there are serif fonts who are specialy designed for use on internet. Just like ther are fonts designed or adapted for use in newspaper. So do they exist? It has to be. And wich fonts do you recommend? They must be legiblel and friendly and have a modern appearance.

Bert Vanderveen's picture

The Lucida series (Bright, Standard, Typewriter are serifs) has been optimized for screen, so that would be a good choice.

aluminum's picture

"But I would like to know if there are serif fonts who are specialy designed for use on internet."

As stated many times: Georgia. That's pretty much the only one that's likely to be installed on a majority of user's computers.

For headers, if you are using sIFR, use any typeface you like. Obvoiusly, screens are lower resolution than paper, so that's the one key difference you will have to pay attention to. Any typeface that uses hairline details likely wouldn't be a good candidate for on-screen use.

I do hope you aren't using sIFR for body text. That's not a great idea.

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