Traditionally only "websafe" fonts could be used as searchable and editable text on webpages. These fonts are standard fonts installed in both Windows and Mac computers (see chart below).
Today there is an alternative. Google has publised a list of 180 fonts (which is constantly growing) which can now be used for dynamic (editable) website content. Browse the list of Google API available fonts. These fonts will work in the following browsers: Google Chrome: version 4.249.4+, Mozilla Firefox: version: 3.5+, Apple Safari: version 3.1+, Opera: version 10.5+, Microsoft Internet Explorer: version 6+duct! More info
If not you can use the "websafe" fonts below.
|Normal style||Bold style|
|Arial, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif||Arial, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif|
|Arial Black, Arial Black, Gadget, sans-serif||Arial Black, Arial Black, Gadget, sans-serif|
|Comic Sans MS, Comic Sans MS5, cursive||Comic Sans MS, Comic Sans MS5, cursive|
|Courier New, Courier New, Courier6, monospace||Courier New, Courier New, Courier6, monospace|
|Georgia1, Georgia, serif||Georgia1, Georgia, serif|
|Impact, Impact5, Charcoal6, sans-serif||Impact, Impact5, Charcoal6, sans-serif|
|Lucida Console, Monaco5, monospace||Lucida Console, Monaco5, monospace|
|Lucida Sans Unicode, Lucida Grande, sans-serif||Lucida Sans Unicode, Lucida Grande, sans-serif|
|Palatino Linotype, Book Antiqua3, Palatino6, serif||Palatino Linotype, Book Antiqua3, Palatino6, serif|
|Tahoma, Geneva, sans-serif||Tahoma, Geneva, sans-serif|
|Times New Roman, Times, serif||Times New Roman, Times, serif|
|Trebuchet MS1, Helvetica, sans-serif||Trebuchet MS1, Helvetica, sans-serif|
|Verdana, Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif||Verdana, Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif|
|Symbol, Symbol (Symbol2, Symbol2)||Symbol, Symbol (Symbol2, Symbol2)|
|Webdings, Webdings (Webdings2, Webdings2)||Webdings, Webdings (Webdings2, Webdings2)|
|Wingdings, Zapf Dingbats (Wingdings2, Zapf Dingbats2)||Wingdings, Zapf Dingbats (Wingdings2, Zapf Dingbats2)|
|MS Sans Serif4, Geneva, sans-serif||MS Sans Serif4, Geneva, sans-serif|
|MS Serif4, New York6, serif||MS Serif4, New York6, serif|
1 Georgia and Trebuchet MS are bundled with Windows 2000/XP and they are also included in the IE font pack (and bundled with other MS applications), so they are quite common in Windows 98 systems.
2 Symbolic fonts are only displayed in Internet Explorer, in other browsers a font substitute is used instead (although the Symbol font does work in Opera and the Webdings works in Safari).
3 Book Antiqua is almost exactly the same font that Palatino Linotype, Palatino Linotype is included in Windows 2000/XP while Book Antiqua was bundled with Windows 98.
4 These fonts are not TrueType fonts but bitmap fonts, so they won't look well when using some font sizes (they are designed for 8, 10, 12, 14, 18 and 24 point sizes at 96 DPI).
5 These fonts work in Safari but only when using the normal font style, and not with bold or italic styles. Comic Sans MS works in bold but not in italic. Other Mac browsers seems to emulate properly the styles not provided by the font (thanks to Christian Fecteau for the tip).
6 These fonts are present in Mac OS X only if Classic is installed.