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Typefaces on the web are organized around five basic categories. When constructing a font-family covered in the Employing Websafe Fonts and Defining the New Font Families videos in this chapter, the final member of the family is the category name. This is the ultimate fallback for browsers. If none of the fonts listed in the font family are available, the browser uses the default font as specified by the category name. The five categories are Serif, Sans- Serif, Monospace, Cursive and Fantasy.
Serif includes typefaces like Times New Roman, Georgia, Palatino and Book Antiqua. In Sans-Serif, you'll find Arial, Helvetica, Geneva and Lucida Sans Unicode. Under Monospace you could use Courier New, Monaco and Lucida Console. Cursive has just one: Comic Sans MS, and likewise Fantasy: Impact. Now these font families are all common to both Mac and Windows operating systems and that's why they're called Websafe Fonts.
In the real world of Web design only two of the type categories are used regularly, Serif and Sans-Serif, with a third Monospace being applied in special cases. Still, as a web designer, it's always important to know all of your options.
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