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Getting to know the basic font categories

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Video: Getting to know the basic font categories

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.

Getting to know the basic font categories

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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Typography with CSS in Dreamweaver

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  1. 3m 52s
    1. Welcome
      1m 19s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 33s
  2. 19m 16s
    1. Working with the Property inspector's HTML tab
      2m 0s
    2. Making the most of the Property inspector's CSS tab
      4m 57s
    3. Defining and changing type with the CSS Rule Definition dialog
      6m 16s
    4. Modifying type directly in the CSS Styles panel
      6m 3s
  3. 19m 45s
    1. Understanding type measurement unit options
      2m 50s
    2. Working with pixels
      2m 34s
    3. Defining a percentage-based page with ems
      6m 51s
    4. Letting users set page type size
      7m 30s
  4. 17m 36s
    1. Getting to know the basic font categories
      1m 32s
    2. Employing web-safe fonts
      3m 20s
    3. Defining new font families
      3m 22s
    4. Exploring CSS3 typeface options
      3m 9s
    5. Setting up @font-face
      6m 13s
  5. 9m 39s
    1. Dispelling the myth of web-safe colors
      1m 13s
    2. Applying color to type
      4m 52s
    3. Incorporating semi-transparent type
      3m 34s
  6. 19m 46s
    1. Setting the font-weight
      3m 48s
    2. Mandating font case
      2m 25s
    3. Exploring font variants
      1m 50s
    4. Utilizing white space effectively
      3m 40s
    5. Changing letter and word spacing
      2m 20s
    6. Defining first-line variations
      2m 19s
    7. Inserting drop caps
      3m 24s
  7. 20m 17s
    1. Applying CSS3 text effects
      5m 26s
    2. Designing type gradients
      8m 27s
    3. Rotating text with CSS transform
      6m 24s
  8. 15m 21s
    1. Implementing advanced headings with HTML5
      3m 11s
    2. Preparing CSS3 multiple-column layout
      4m 50s
    3. Future type: Defining CSS Regions
      7m 20s
  9. 24m 51s
    1. Styling unordered lists
      6m 51s
    2. Specifying a sequence with ordered lists
      5m 14s
    3. Applying definition lists
      7m 19s
    4. Targeting list items with CSS3 nth child
      5m 27s
  10. 20s
    1. Next steps
      20s

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