Sunday, March 20, 2016

Why would Arial be placed before Helvetica when using a font-family in CSS?

I think it is not a question of logic or a rule of web type design, as it is a design preference for the appearance of text on page, going from most desired or favored to I will live with it. In early HTML type choice was restricted. The best practice at one time was to specify Verdana, Arial, Times, Georgia. Seems weird today two san serifs then two serif fonts. But at the time Verdana was the typeface designed specifically for screen display, Verdana also being largely cross platform and common so it was called for first generally.
This practice was from a time when user had only a limited choice of fonts that came with their computer. So you designed for and used fonts that your user had installed.

It is a order of font contingency that was easy to adopt. Make it the way you want it.

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