(x) CDW Mobile Essentials Kit basic sans - Tahoma {Rainer, Jan E}

umlautthoni's picture

I am embarassed to say I can not come up with this one. That is why I come before you all with humble sincerity. . .

Renko's picture

Isn't that a bold Verdana or a bold Tahoma?

Jan's picture


umlautthoni's picture

Thank you very much to the both you! They have decided to go with the Verdana. I'm curious though, Jan, what makes you say Tahoma ?

Jan's picture

Tahoma is a bit more condensed.
And the spacing is tighter (like in your sample).
And then there are some details.

umlautthoni's picture

Do either of you know the story behind Tahoma? Was is developed specifically for Microsoft, kind of like the Helvetica v. Arial?

Jan's picture

This is what I found at myfonts:

Tahoma is one of Microsoft’s new sans serif typeface families. It consists of two Windows TrueType fonts (regular and bold), and was created to address the challenges of on-screen display, particularly at small sizes in dialog boxes and menus.
The Latin, Greek and Cyrillic characters were designed by world renowned type designer Matthew Carter, and hand-instructed by leading hinting expert, Tom Rickner. The Arabic, Hebrew and Thai characters were designed to complement Carter’s initial designs. Tahoma sets new standards in system font design. It is ideal for use in User Interface Scenarios and other situations requiring the presentation of information on the screen.


The Verdana fonts were created specifically to address the challenges of on-screen display.
Designed by world renowned type designer Matthew Carter, and hand-hinted by leading hinting expert, Tom Rickner, these sans serif fonts are unique examples of type design for the computer screen.
The generous width and spacing of Verdana’s characters is key to the legibility of these fonts on the screen. Despite the quality of the Verdana font family at small sizes it is at higher resolutions that the fonts are best appreciated.
In the words of Tom Rickner, ‘My hope now is that these faces will be enjoyed beyond just the computer screen. Although the screen size bitmaps were the most crucial in the production of these fonts [their] uses should not be limited to on screen typography.’

So, both fonts were created by the same designers and both designs are owned by Microsoft (and both fonts ARE essentially the same).

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