I thought I’d written a Byte on web-friendly fonts before but when I needed it earlier today I couldn’t find it. So here is it. Sometimes folks ask me about using specific fonts on their web sites. It works so long as you choose a fairly standard font. The issue is that if you choose a font that most folks don’t have they won’t see that font when they visit your page. They will see some kind of default, you can set the default or their browser will select the font.
Traditionally the web-friendly fonts have been: Arial/Helvetica, New Times Roman and Courier New. that list has been expanded because newer computer and later versions of popular browsers have added more fonts to their default settings. Here’s a good list of current standard fonts: http://www.ampsoft.net/webdesign-l/WindowsMacFonts.html