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Calibri/Segoe UI as a web page font

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whitebread    54

Are either Calibri (my favourite) or Segoe UI (my second favourite) good fonts to use for a website? If not, why?

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RadishTM    315

They are both decent but out of the two, I prefer Calibri due to its smoothness and readability (it's also the default font on my blog). Segoe UI is a bit too sharp for my liking.

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ACTIONpack    491

The question can't be answer because I need to see how the website looks first. Arial works best with all content websites.

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alisalem    17

Calibri seems to be smaller than other mainstream web fonts, so it wouldn't be good to use it in the same font stack.

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~Johnny    397

Well people are probably more likely to have Segoe installed I presume as it's the default Windows font, rather than Calibri which is provided with Office. Though Segoe or Arial work pretty nicely most of the time.

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nub    181

Other OSs won't have those fonts.

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Calum    820

Responding to some of the posts in this thread: If you don't mind using CSS3, you can use any of those two fonts even if the user doesn't have them installed on their computer. More information is found here: http://www.css3.info/preview/web-fonts-with-font-face. I've used this technique before, so let me know if you require any help with it :)

If you know all about that and you're just asking which would look better, I always prefer Segoe UI to Calibri, but either would look fine.

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theyarecomingforyou    10,427

Calibri would be my choice, though you'd need to licence it in order to use it for a website - it's $35 on Fonts.com. In terms of fonts that are widely supported out-of-the-box (i.e. pre-installed on both Windows and Mac) I tend to go for Verdana.

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link6155    791

Other OSs won't have those fonts.

True that, however, you can load the font onto your site so that it works on all OS'.

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primexx    372

Responding to some of the posts in this thread: If you don't mind using CSS3, you can use any of those two fonts even if the user doesn't have them installed on their computer. More information is found here: http://www.css3.info/preview/web-fonts-with-font-face. I've used this technique before, so let me know if you require any help with it :)

If you know all about that and you're just asking which would look better, I always prefer Segoe UI to Calibri, but either would look fine.

no, you can't. neither's licence allows for font-face distribution.

you have to find a free (as in speech) font or one whose licence allows distribution/font-face, plenty of good ones out there.

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The_Decryptor    1,105

Calibri seems to be smaller than other mainstream web fonts, so it wouldn't be good to use it in the same font stack.

Yeah, Calibri has a smaller x-height than other "core web fonts" (0.465 vs. Arial's 0.518, etc.), which is why it's a shame more browsers don't support font-size-adjust (Only Firefox/Gecko does, it's got really good font/text handling)

Best solution is to find a font that allows @font-face linking and use that, with fallback families that match closely in size and design (And realise that since they'll never perfectly match, test your site using each family in the stack to see if stuff breaks.)

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Calum    820

no, you can't. neither's licence allows for font-face distribution.

you have to find a free (as in speech) font or one whose licence allows distribution/font-face, plenty of good ones out there.

Oh, I didn't realise that. Thanks for the correction :)

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