Christian Montoya

Add Windows Vista fonts to your stylesheets

Dear Designers and Developers of the Interweb,

I have a request. As a user of Windows Vista, I would like to ask all of you web designers and developers out there to please add Windows Vista fonts to your stylesheets. My reason for asking this is, well, because I didn't upgrade to Windows Vista to stare at the same ugly set of Windows fonts I've had to endure for years. I hate Arial, Verdana, Trebuchet, Courier New, and Times New Roman, and Georgia isn't too hot either. Bill Gates must share my opinion, because he made sure that Windows Vista came with a replacement for each one of those classics, and as far as I'm concerned the new Windows Vista fonts are far better designed than their predecessors.

So I'm hoping that by sharing this PDF document with you, in which I compare the new Vista fonts to typical fonts I have used in the past for Windows users, you might consider updating your current stylesheets with these new fonts, or at least using these fonts in stylesheets you create in the future.

Windows Vista Fonts Compared to Typical Web Fonts [PDF]

You are free to share this PDF with your designer and developer friends; in fact, I would appreciate it. If you would like some nice examples of the new Windows Vista fonts, you could also read this article at Poynter Online:

The Next Big Thing in Online Type

Finally, I have included some examples of font-family declarations which I would typically use in my stylesheets, which you might find useful.

Thanks in advance for improving my typographical experience.

Sincerely, Christian Montoya Web User

Enclosed: font-family examples

Helvetica, Calibri, Arial, sans-serif

Corbel, Verdana, "Bitstream Vera Sans", sans-serif

Candara, "Trebuchet MS", Trebuchet, sans-serif

Cambria, "Times New Roman", Times, serif

Constantia, "Palatino Linotype", Palatino, Georgia, serif

Consolas, "Bitstream Vera Sans Mono", "Courier New", Courier, monospace

P.S.: Matt Thomas explains how you can download Windows Vista fonts for free, legally. Join in on the fun, Mac/Linux users!

Thank you for reading • Published on March 6th, 2007 • Please take a moment to share this with your friends