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Fonts and font attributes:
With the <font> tag we can define the font type, the
font size and the font color.
Thousands of fonts, which one do I use?
There are literally thousands of fonts available to you, but a
few things to keep in mind before choosing a font. PC's come
with a set of fonts preinstalled, these fonts are the ONLY ones you
can view on your PC. If you are viewing a web page with some
off the wall font that you don't have installed on your PC, your
browser will display the default font, usually New Times Roman.
Another thing to consider is size, the browser text size on most
PC's are set at medium, but a viewer with less than perfect eyesight
(like me) may have it set to large or even larger. So as you
can see you don't have complete control over how your text is
displayed. It is best to use fonts that are common, I prefer
Verdana, it has been proven to be the easiest to read on a PC
monitor. I try to limit the number of font types on a web
page, usually 1, 2 at the most.
The font tag:
The font tag begins with <font> and ends with
</font>, we can place attributes with the <font> tag to further
define what we want.
Font size is determined by a number, 1 is the smallest and 7 is the
1 (8 pt) will display as this
Lets add some attributes to the font tag and see what
2 (10 pt) will display as this
3 (12 pt) will display as this
4 (14 pt) will display as this
5 (18 pt) will display as this
6 (24 pt) will display as this
7 (36 pt) will display as this
<font size="2">place the size number inside quotation marks</font>
The above will result in this:
place the size number inside quotation marks
Another with color and font face this time:
<font size="3" face="verdana" color="#cc0000">place
the size, face and color inside quotation marks</font>
The above will result in this:
place the size, face and color
inside quotation marks
But how do I know what number
Glad you asked, look here for the color
That covers font size, font face and color. Now lets add the,
<b>Bold, <i> Italic and <u> Underline tags.
<b><i><u><font size="3" face="verdana" color="#cc0000">This is what
This is what we get
Notice that the tags started with <b> for bold, <i> for italic <u>
for underline then the <font> tag, contained within these tags is
the content (This is what we get). Notice that the closing
tags are opposite from the start, we closed the last one first
</font> then </u> then </i> and finally </b>. Tags MUST be
closed in this order.
That's about it for basic font attributes.
Oh but what about alignment?
By default the text will align=left, but if you want center here
<center><font size="3" color="#cc0000" <b><i><u>This is center
align<br> more text here and here<br>oh my look how hard it is for
your eyes to follow<br> this text</u></i></b></font></center>
And the result is:
more text here and here
oh my look how hard it is for your eyes to follow
Oh how I hate this tag, a page full of center align looks like a
stack of boxes, plus it's very hard to read. A better way to
layout a page is with tables, we will cover tables in a later
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