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A commonly followed convention, though, is to use a serif font for body text of your document and a sans-serif font for headings. My recommended fonts for general work are Georgia (a very lovely serif font) and Verdana, a very legible sans-serif. Verdana is probably already installed on your computer.
Both of these fonts (together with a number of others) are freely available from Microsoft's Web site:
Fixed-width and variable-width fonts ------------------------------------ In some fonts, every character is same width; in others, characters are of different widths. Not surprisingly, these fonts are termed fixed width and variable width respectively.
Start up you word processor. Type half a dozen lower-case "l"s and then on next line type half a dozen lower-case "w"s. In most fonts "w"s will be much wider. (Such fonts are variable width.)
Now select two lines of characters and set font to Courier or Courier New. Notice that both lines are now same length. Courier is a fixed-width font.
It should be no surprise that variable-width fonts look more natural and are thus easier to read. Fixed-width fonts such as Courier have quite limited application:
* Computer programmers use fixed-width fonts in order to neatly align their code.
* The other main use of fixed-width fonts is to produce tables that need to be neatly tabulated into fixed-width columns.
Conclusion ---------- As an exercise go through fonts on your computer and find five variable-width, serif fonts that you like look of. Choose among these for body copy of your documents.
Now find five variable-width, sans-serif fonts. Use these for your headings, captions, headers and footers.
Armed with these simple ways of classifying fonts, you should now have an easy time of choosing suitable fonts for all occasions.
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