What is a Web Safe Font?
For a font to be readable as well as look the same in any browser or a device (like mobile and web), the font should be installed in that device. Web Safe fonts are usually pre-installed to most of the device's computers, mobile phones, and tablet.
Here, are some popular web safe fonts:
Arial is a popularly used sans-serif fonts. It is most suited on window device and used in place of unsupported fonts.
2) Courier New
Courier new is an older style newspaper-esque HTML font. It is the right choice for you if you are looking for a simple monospace font.
3) Times New Roman
It is the most popular font on windows device — the best choice for any professional website.
Georgia is a true web font with simple san serif line and its large upper size. The letter is almost elongated, which make it easy to read online font.
The Impact CSS Font is the best option when you don't want to write too many lines and want just a few short words. It is not suitable for creating large size documents.
6) Comic Sans MS
Comic Sans MS is a font for non-serious writing. It is mostly used to convey jokes, non-serious literature materials.
7) Trebuchet MS
Microsoft originally designs trebuchet MS font in the mid-nineties. At that time, it was used by XP, Vista version.
Helvetica is one of the highly trusted web safe fonts. In designs, when other font falters, Helvetica make things better.
Arial-black is a more advanced bigger, and bolder version of regular Arial fonts.
Garamond is an old-school font which reminds us the style used in 16th century Paris. You will find this font in most of the windows devices.
It is another favorite font which is equally useful on the web as well as print.
12) Bookman Old Style
Bookman font, which is also known as Bookman old style font, has a bold and starkly structure. It is an ideal font for the significant passage of small text.
Palatino is another large font which is perfect for the web, traditionally used for heading and print-style advertisement.
Times is an old newspaper print style font which you can see in a small size in narrow columns. This is a free font.
Courier is a default text for many emails provides and is virtually a universal font. The font is also widely used in coding and computer programming.
What are Web Fonts?
Web Fonts are not installed in a user's computer. They are downloaded in the browser and applied to text while rendering the page. They increase site load time and have limited CSS3 support, especially for older browsers.
Why are web safe fonts necessary?
In an ideal scenario, you should able to render any font for a website. However, there are restrictions to the type of fonts that you can use. Windows-based devices might have one group, and MacOS might have another group of font family. Google's Android system uses its own as well. Most computer systems come with a set of fonts that are generally pre-installed by the manufacturers. However, their design might not be the same.
Your website may be beautifully designed with awesome looking fonts. However, it is useless if it is not loading correctly in the browser of your visitors. So, if the font that you are using was not installed on your system, then your website will revert to the generic font, which may be unreadable.
Do I require to use web safe fonts for my site?
Yes. Most sites use a "Font stack" wherein if the desired choice of font is not loaded/available on the user PC, the browser defaults to a web safe font.