This is a two part question, the second question is dependent on the first:

  1. What are the most popular fonts used on web pages? (the top half dozen will suffice).

  2. Include the proper CSS fallbacks for the above fonts.

The reason I ask is that I have to build a form that will allow webmasters to choose a CSS font from a drop-down menu. The site will take the chosen string (fonts with respective fallbacks) from a database and insert it (via php) into aspects of a page.

Edit: Just passing this on. Although not scientific in its approach to what constitutes 'popular' fonts and respective fallback combinations, this was a helpful starting point: http://www.w3schools.com/cssref/css_websafe_fonts.asp


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A good place to start is Code Style's font survey. They have data on the most commonly installed fonts for each of Windows, Mac and Linux (plus a Java app you can use to contribute your data) and suggested font lists for serif, sans-serif plus a few more.

  • Doesn't Code Style's page tell you about the client's computer, not which are most used in actual webpages? Jul 23, 2011 at 0:17
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    You're right, I guess I misread the first part of the question. It does cover the second part at least: fallback fonts for a given style. (But a list of fonts that's going to work is more useful than a list of what's popular, isn't it?)
    – Rup
    Jul 23, 2011 at 0:22
  • I think so Jared. Thanks for your comment above. That is half of it.
    – John R
    Jul 23, 2011 at 0:22
  • @Rup - That was my first link in a comment, then I realized it wasn't right, so I deleted it. @John R - As far as fallback, there are several different ways to think about it. times new roman fallback could be serif or Georgia, Verdana could be sans serif which might be Arial or Helvetica. It's tough to tell you what to do. I suggest reading the articles on A List Apart: alistapart.com. Jul 23, 2011 at 0:26
  • @Rup - And I agree with your comment edit. :) Jul 23, 2011 at 0:28

I found this list useful: WindowsMacFonts.


I am sure its difficlut to measure the Popularity if FONT but inmost business, propfessonal site will use Font Family such as Trebuchet MS, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; very much . its elegant and yet simple

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