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09-10-2005, 10:00 AM
How exactly do we write a generic family name?
Here's mine;

font-family: verdana, arial, tahoma, times new roman;

When I tried validating my .css file using the validator in w3.org it gave me a warning telling me that I'm encouraged to include a generic family name as a last alternative...

09-10-2005, 10:14 AM
Something like "serif", "sans-serif", "monospace". Put it on the end. The browser will use the system's generic font of that type.

09-10-2005, 03:24 PM
any tip on identifying the font type? how's the example i gave? i was guessing i'm suppose to use standard fonts and the system can choose from one. what if i put...

font-family: verdana, tahoma, fixedsys;

09-10-2005, 03:35 PM
No, no, no. You misunderstand the term "family name." It's not a font, it's a type of font. Serif means the fonts with the little flicks on the ends. Sans-serif means the fonts without. Monospace is a font where all the letters are the same width (like courier).

09-17-2005, 01:49 PM
you just updated my almost-fossillised-9-year-corrupt knowledge :)

thank you loads!