What’s The Best Font & Font Size To Use In Website Design?



*Updated – 5 April 2012

There is no ‘best font size’. Just don’t ‘fix’ your font size absolutely.

You may be aware that the same font, at the same point size on a Macintosh “looks smaller” than on most Windows machines. In a nutshell, this is because the “logical resolution” of a Macintosh is 72dpi, while the Windows default is 96dpi. The implications of this are significant. Firstly, it guarantees that it is essentially impossible to have text look identical on Macintoshes and Windows based systems. But if you embrace the adaptability philosophy it doesn’t matter.

What? If you are concerned about exactly how a web page appears this is a sign that you are still aren’t thinking about adaptive pages. One of the most significant accessibility issues is font size. Small fonts are more difficult to read. For those of us with good eyesight, it can come as a shock that a significant percentage of the population has trouble reading anything below 14 point times on paper. Screens are less readable than paper, because of their lower resolution.

Does that mean the minimum point size we should use is 14 pts? That doesn’t help those whose sight is even less strong. So what is the minimum point size we should use? None. Don’t use points. This allows readers to choose the font size which suits them. The same goes even for pixels. Because of logical resolution differences, a pixel on one platform is not a pixel on another. You can still suggest larger font sizes for headings and other elements. CSS provides several ways of suggesting the size of text in such a way as to aid adaptability. A LIST APART

What are the most common fonts on PCs and macs and linux machines?

The table below shows font survey results for all platforms, the cumulative total of all valid font survey submissions (from codestyle). Figures are calculated per platform and ranked alongside each other for comparison. The Apple, Windows and Linux penguin icons show which computer the font figures are for.

Most common fonts on all systems to 5 April 2012
Platform and font name Installed (%)
Mac Helvetica 100.00% 100.00%
Mac Lucida Grande 100.00% 100.00%
Windows Lucida Sans 100.00% 100.00%
Windows Tahoma 100.00% 100.00%
Windows Arial 99.90% 99.90%
Windows Verdana 99.90% 99.90%
Mac Geneva 99.88% 99.88%
Mac Monaco 99.88% 99.88%
Windows Microsoft Sans Serif 99.85% 99.85%
Windows Times New Roman 99.81% 99.81%
Windows Trebuchet MS 99.81% 99.81%
Windows Courier New 99.76% 99.76%
Mac Courier 99.75% 99.75%
Mac Lucida Bright 99.75% 99.75%
Mac Lucida Sans 99.75% 99.75%
Mac Lucida Sans Typewriter 99.75% 99.75%
Windows Comic Sans MS 99.56% 99.56%
Windows Georgia 99.51% 99.51%
Windows Lucida Sans Unicode 99.51% 99.51%
Windows Palatino Linotype 99.51% 99.51%
Mac Times 99.51% 99.51%
Windows Lucida Console 99.42% 99.42%
Windows Franklin Gothic Medium 99.37% 99.37%
Mac Helvetica Neue 99.26% 99.26%
Mac Verdana 99.26% 99.26%
Windows Impact 99.22% 99.22%
Linux URW Chancery L 99.01% 99.01%
Mac Arial 98.89% 98.89%
Linux Century Schoolbook L 98.82% 98.82%
Linux URW Gothic L 98.82% 98.82%
Mac Georgia 98.64% 98.64%
Linux Nimbus Sans L 98.42% 98.42%
Linux URW Bookman L 98.42% 98.42%
Linux URW Palladio L 98.42% 98.42%
Mac Times New Roman 98.39% 98.39%
Linux Nimbus Mono L 98.22% 98.22%
Linux Nimbus Roman No9 L 98.22% 98.22%
Windows Sylfaen 98.20% 98.20%
Windows MV Boli 98.15% 98.15%
Mac Trebuchet MS 97.90% 97.90%
Linux DejaVu Sans 97.83% 97.83%
Linux DejaVu Sans Mono 97.83% 97.83%
Linux DejaVu Serif 97.83% 97.83%
Windows Tunga 97.61% 97.61%
Windows Estrangelo Edessa 97.57% 97.57%
Windows Gautami 97.52% 97.52%
Windows Arial Black 97.47% 97.47%
Windows Mangal 97.47% 97.47%
Windows Raavi 97.42% 97.42%
Windows Latha 97.37% 97.37%
Windows Shruti 97.32% 97.32%
Mac Gill Sans 97.28% 97.28%
Mac Arial Narrow 97.03% 97.03%
Mac Impact 96.91% 96.91%
Mac Arial Black 96.79% 96.79%
Mac Courier New 96.79% 96.79%
Mac Arial Rounded MT Bold 96.42% 96.42%
Mac Andale Mono 96.29% 96.29%
Mac Futura 96.29% 96.29%
Linux DejaVu Sans Light 96.10% 96.10%
Mac Marker Felt 96.04% 96.04%
Mac Tahoma 95.92% 95.92%
Mac Baskerville 95.80% 95.80%
Mac Skia 95.80% 95.80%
Mac Comic Sans MS 95.67% 95.67%
Mac American Typewriter 95.55% 95.55%
Mac Apple Chancery 95.43% 95.43%
Mac Optima 95.43% 95.43%
Mac Didot 95.30% 95.30%
Mac Hoefler Text 95.30% 95.30%
Mac Zapfino 95.30% 95.30%
Mac Papyrus 94.93% 94.93%
Mac Big Caslon 94.68% 94.68%
Linux DejaVu Sans Condensed 94.48% 94.48%
Linux DejaVu Serif Condensed 94.48% 94.48%
Mac Copperplate 94.44% 94.44%
Windows Kartika 94.26% 94.26%
Windows Vrinda 94.06% 94.06%
Mac Brush Script MT 93.82% 93.82%
Mac Herculanum 93.82% 93.82%
Mac Hiragino Kaku Gothic ProN 93.04% 93.04%
Mac Hiragino Mincho ProN 93.04% 93.04%
Linux Bitstream Charter 91.52% 91.52%
Linux Liberation Serif 89.35% 89.35%
Linux Liberation Mono 89.15% 89.15%
Windows Calibri 89.09% 89.09%
Windows Cambria 88.95% 88.95%
Linux Liberation Sans 88.95% 88.95%
Windows Candara 88.70% 88.70%
Windows Cambria Math 88.66% 88.66%
Windows Corbel 88.61% 88.61%
Windows Consolas 88.56% 88.56%
Windows Constantia 88.46% 88.46%
Mac Hiragino Maru Gothic ProN 88.35% 88.35%
Mac Hiragino Kaku Gothic StdN 88.20% 88.20%
Windows Arial Narrow 87.59% 87.59%
Mac Palatino 87.52% 87.52%
Windows Century Gothic 86.95% 86.95%
Linux FreeSans 86.00% 86.00%
Windows Garamond 85.49% 85.49%
Windows Book Antiqua 85.44% 85.44%
Windows Bookman Old Style 85.35% 85.35%
Linux FreeMono 85.21% 85.21%
Linux FreeSerif 85.21% 85.21%
Linux Courier 10 Pitch 85.03% 85.03%
Windows Segoe UI 83.69% 83.69%
Mac Kokonor 83.51% 83.51%
Mac Kailasa 83.06% 83.06%
Windows Monotype Corsiva 83.06% 83.06%
Windows MS Mincho 82.13% 82.13%
Windows Lucida Bright 82.04% 82.04%
Windows MS Reference Sans Serif 79.02% 79.02%
Windows Lucida Sans Typewriter 78.72% 78.72%
Mac Hiragino Sans GB 78.53% 78.53%
Mac PCMyungjo 77.82% 77.82%
Mac PilGi 77.64% 77.64%
Mac Heiti SC 77.31% 77.31%
Mac Heiti TC 77.31% 77.31%
Mac HeadLineA 77.28% 77.28%
Mac Menlo 77.16% 77.16%
Windows Meiryo UI 75.60% 75.60%
Windows Arial Unicode MS 75.17% 75.17%
Windows Tempus Sans ITC 74.34% 74.34%
Windows Kristen ITC 74.05% 74.05%
Mac Chalkduster 73.98% 73.98%
Windows Mistral 73.90% 73.90%
Windows Juice ITC 73.71% 73.71%
Windows Malgun Gothic 72.32% 72.32%
Windows Microsoft Himalaya 72.10% 72.10%
Windows Microsoft JhengHei 72.10% 72.10%
Windows Microsoft YaHei 72.10% 72.10%
Windows MingLiU-ExtB 71.77% 71.77%
Windows MingLiU_HKSCS 71.77% 71.77%
Windows MingLiU_HKSCS-ExtB 71.77% 71.77%
Windows PMingLiU-ExtB 71.77% 71.77%
Windows SimSun-ExtB 71.66% 71.66%
Mac GungSeo 71.56% 71.56%
Windows Freestyle Script 71.37% 71.37%
Windows Papyrus 71.28% 71.28%
Windows Microsoft Uighur 71.23% 71.23%
Windows MoolBoran 71.23% 71.23%
Windows Gisha 71.12% 71.12%
Windows Leelawadee 71.12% 71.12%
Windows DFKai-SB 71.01% 71.01%
Windows Jokerman 70.89% 70.89%
Windows French Script MT 70.74% 70.74%
Windows Bradley Hand ITC 70.69% 70.69%
Windows KaiTi 70.68% 70.68%
Windows FangSong 70.57% 70.57%
Linux Verdana 70.02% 70.02%
Windows Vivaldi 69.86% 69.86%
Linux UnDotum 69.64% 69.64%
Linux Georgia 69.63% 69.63%
Linux Arial 69.43% 69.43%
Linux Times New Roman 69.43% 69.43%
Linux Courier New 69.03% 69.03%
Linux Impact 68.84% 68.84%
Linux Trebuchet MS 68.84% 68.84%
Windows Batang 68.65% 68.65%
Linux Lohit Bengali 68.65% 68.65%
Linux Lohit Tamil 68.65% 68.65%
Linux Comic Sans MS 68.44% 68.44%
Windows Lucida Handwriting 68.35% 68.35%
Linux Lohit Gujarati 68.32% 68.32%
Linux Waree 68.32% 68.32%
Windows Haettenschweiler 68.26% 68.26%
Linux Arial Black 68.24% 68.24%
Windows SimSun 68.06% 68.06%
Linux Lohit Punjabi 67.99% 67.99%
Windows Pristina 67.77% 67.77%
Windows Franklin Gothic Book 67.53% 67.53%
Windows Copperplate Gothic Light 67.23% 67.23%
Windows Copperplate Gothic Bold 67.19% 67.19%
Windows Maiandra GD 67.19% 67.19%
Windows Eras Demi ITC 67.14% 67.14%
Windows Franklin Gothic Demi 67.09% 67.09%
Windows OCR A Extended 67.04% 67.04%
Windows Perpetua 67.04% 67.04%
Windows Eras Light ITC 66.99% 66.99%
Windows Felix Titling 66.85% 66.85%
Windows Rockwell 66.85% 66.85%
Windows Edwardian Script ITC 66.75% 66.75%
Windows Franklin Gothic Medium Cond 66.75% 66.75%
Mac MS PGothic 66.75% 66.75%
Windows Rockwell Extra Bold 66.70% 66.70%
Windows Engravers MT 66.65% 66.65%
Mac MS Gothic 66.51% 66.51%
Mac MS Mincho 66.51% 66.51%
Linux Andale Mono 66.47% 66.47%
Windows Franklin Gothic Heavy 66.46% 66.46%
Windows Curlz MT 66.41% 66.41%
Windows Franklin Gothic Demi Cond 66.36% 66.36%
Windows Blackadder ITC 66.31% 66.31%
Mac MS PMincho 66.27% 66.27%
Windows Segoe Script 65.66% 65.66%
Mac Casual 65.61% 65.61%
Windows Segoe UI Light 65.54% 65.54%
Windows PMingLiU 65.53% 65.53%
Windows Segoe Print 65.46% 65.46%
Windows MS Gothic 65.43% 65.43%
Windows Segoe UI Semibold 65.32% 65.32%
Windows Lucida Calligraphy 65.04% 65.04%
Windows Harrington 64.75% 64.75%
Windows Iskoola Pota 64.66% 64.66%
Windows MS UI Gothic 64.65% 64.65%
Windows Viner Hand ITC 64.65% 64.65%
Windows Cooper Black 64.61% 64.61%
Windows Onyx 64.61% 64.61%
Windows Mongolian Baiti 64.59% 64.59%
Windows GulimChe 64.56% 64.56%
Windows Old English Text MT 64.56% 64.56%
Windows Kalinga 64.52% 64.52%
Windows Baskerville Old Face 64.51% 64.51%
Windows Bauhaus 93 64.51% 64.51%
Windows Britannic Bold 64.51% 64.51%
Windows MS PGothic 64.51% 64.51%
Windows Wide Latin 64.51% 64.51%
Windows Euphemia 64.46% 64.46%
Windows Gulim 64.46% 64.46%
Windows Microsoft Yi Baiti 64.46% 64.46%
Windows Nyala 64.46% 64.46%
Windows Playbill 64.46% 64.46%
Windows Algerian 64.41% 64.41%
Windows BatangChe 64.41% 64.41%
Windows Gungsuh 64.41% 64.41%
Windows GungsuhChe 64.41% 64.41%
Windows Snap ITC 64.41% 64.41%
Windows DaunPenh 64.39% 64.39%
Windows Broadway 64.36% 64.36%
Windows Dotum 64.36% 64.36%
Windows DotumChe 64.36% 64.36%
Windows Footlight MT Light 64.36% 64.36%
Windows Matura MT Script Capitals 64.36% 64.36%
Linux UnBatang 64.36% 64.36%
Windows DokChampa 64.32% 64.32%
Windows Kunstler Script 64.31% 64.31%
Windows MS PMincho 64.31% 64.31%
Windows MingLiU 64.31% 64.31%
Windows Vladimir Script 64.31% 64.31%
Windows Arabic Typesetting 64.26% 64.26%
Windows Bernard MT Condensed 64.22% 64.22%
Windows Harlow Solid Italic 64.22% 64.22%
Windows Chiller 64.12% 64.12%
Windows NSimSun 64.12% 64.12%
Windows Informal Roman 64.07% 64.07%
Windows Stencil 64.07% 64.07%
Windows Bell MT 64.02% 64.02%
Windows Colonna MT 63.92% 63.92%
Windows Ravie 63.92% 63.92%
Windows Gabriola 63.89% 63.89%
Windows Berlin Sans FB 63.88% 63.88%
Windows Centaur 63.83% 63.83%
Windows High Tower Text 63.83% 63.83%
Linux Ubuntu 63.74% 63.74%
Windows Californian FB 63.73% 63.73%
Linux Mukti Narrow 63.70% 63.70%
Linux Purisa 63.70% 63.70%
Windows Niagara Engraved 63.68% 63.68%
Windows Niagara Solid 63.68% 63.68%
Windows Showcard Gothic 63.58% 63.58%
Linux Lohit Hindi 63.37% 63.37%
Linux Sawasdee 63.37% 63.37%
Windows SimHei 63.24% 63.24%
Linux Garuda 63.04% 63.04%
Linux Loma 63.04% 63.04%
Linux Norasi 63.04% 63.04%
Linux Tlwg Typist 63.04% 63.04%
Linux TlwgTypewriter 63.04% 63.04%
Windows Brush Script MT 63.00% 63.00%
Linux Kinnari 62.71% 62.71%
Linux TlwgMono 62.71% 62.71%
Linux Umpush 62.71% 62.71%
Linux utkal 62.71% 62.71%
Windows Bodoni MT Poster Compressed 62.66% 62.66%
Mac Century Gothic 62.55% 62.55%
Linux Mallige 62.38% 62.38%
Linux Vemana2000 62.38% 62.38%
Linux KacstOne 62.21% 62.21%
Windows Berlin Sans FB Demi 62.07% 62.07%
Linux Phetsarath OT 62.05% 62.05%
Linux Tlwg Typo 62.05% 62.05%
Windows Magneto 62.03% 62.03%
Windows Aparajita 61.38% 61.38%
Mac Garamond 61.19% 61.19%
Linux Rachana 61.07% 61.07%
Windows Lucida Fax 61.00% 61.00%
Mac Book Antiqua 60.32% 60.32%
Windows Arial Rounded MT Bold 60.22% 60.22%
Mac Bookman Old Style 60.07% 60.07%
Mac Lucida Handwriting 60.07% 60.07%
Windows Gill Sans MT 59.98% 59.98%
Mac Century Schoolbook 59.95% 59.95%
Mac Monotype Corsiva 59.58% 59.58%
Windows Century Schoolbook 59.54% 59.54%
Windows Calisto MT 59.44% 59.44%
Mac Copperplate Gothic Bold 59.33% 59.33%
Mac Haettenschweiler 59.33% 59.33%
Windows Goudy Old Style 59.25% 59.25%
Windows Script MT Bold 59.25% 59.25%
Windows Gill Sans MT Condensed 59.20% 59.20%
Windows Gill Sans Ultra Bold 59.10% 59.10%
Mac Goudy Old Style 59.09% 59.09%
Windows Imprint MT Shadow 59.01% 59.01%
Mac Braggadocio 58.96% 58.96%
Windows Gill Sans MT Ext Condensed Bold 58.91% 58.91%
Windows Palace Script MT 58.86% 58.86%
Windows Eras Bold ITC 58.81% 58.81%
Windows Eras Medium ITC 58.81% 58.81%
Windows Goudy Stout 58.76% 58.76%
Mac News Gothic MT 58.71% 58.71%
Mac Playbill 58.71% 58.71%
Windows Rockwell Condensed 58.71% 58.71%
Windows Castellar 58.67% 58.67%
Windows Forte 58.67% 58.67%
Windows Agency FB 58.62% 58.62%
Windows Rage Italic 58.57% 58.57%
Windows Gill Sans Ultra Bold Condensed 58.52% 58.52%
Windows Tw Cen MT 58.52% 58.52%
Mac Colonna MT 58.47% 58.47%
Windows Tw Cen MT Condensed 58.47% 58.47%
Mac Britannic Bold 58.34% 58.34%
Mac Calisto MT 58.34% 58.34%
Mac Desdemona 58.34% 58.34%
Mac Wide Latin 58.34% 58.34%
Windows Gigi 58.28% 58.28%
Windows Gloucester MT Extra Condensed 58.23% 58.23%
Windows Tw Cen MT Condensed Extra Bold 58.23% 58.23%
Mac Footlight MT Light 58.22% 58.22%
Mac Matura MT Script Capitals 58.22% 58.22%
Windows Perpetua Titling MT 58.13% 58.13%
Mac Abadi MT Condensed Light 58.10% 58.10%
Mac Adobe Ming Std 57.94% 57.94%
Mac Adobe Myungjo Std 57.94% 57.94%
Mac Kino MT 57.85% 57.85%
Mac Adobe Song Std 57.79% 57.79%
Windows Bodoni MT 57.59% 57.59%
Windows Bodoni MT Black 57.45% 57.45%
Windows Bodoni MT Condensed 57.40% 57.40%
Mac Adobe Fangsong Std 57.03% 57.03%
Mac Adobe Heiti Std 57.03% 57.03%
Mac Adobe Kaiti Std 57.03% 57.03%
Mac MS Reference Sans Serif 57.01% 57.01%
Mac Calibri 52.41% 52.41%
Linux Ubuntu Light 51.53% 51.53%
Linux Lucida Sans 50.89% 50.89%
Linux Lucida Bright 50.30% 50.30%
Linux Lucida Sans Typewriter 50.10% 50.10%
Mac Cambria 49.07% 49.07%
Mac Consolas 48.58% 48.58%
Mac Corbel 48.08% 48.08%
Mac Candara 47.96% 47.96%
Mac Capitals 47.96% 47.96%
Mac Constantia 47.96% 47.96%
Mac Adobe Fan Heiti Std 46.41% 46.41%
Mac Adobe Gothic Std 46.41% 46.41%
Mac Adobe Arabic 46.33% 46.33%
Mac Adobe Hebrew 46.15% 46.15%
Mac Kozuka Gothic Pr6N 46.15% 46.15%
Mac Kozuka Mincho Pr6N 46.15% 46.15%
Linux Bitstream Vera Sans 37.08% 37.08%
Linux Bitstream Vera Sans Mono 37.08% 37.08%
Windows DejaVu Sans 35.57% 35.57%
Linux Bitstream Vera Serif 35.50% 35.50%
Windows DejaVu Sans Mono 35.20% 35.20%
Windows DejaVu Sans Condensed 35.07% 35.07%
Windows DejaVu Serif 34.95% 34.95%
Windows DejaVu Serif Condensed 34.83% 34.83%
Mac Gabriola 33.77% 33.77%
Linux Gentium 31.25% 31.25%
Linux Utopia 23.87% 23.87%
Windows Eurostile 20.01% 20.01%
Linux Metal 19.74% 19.74%
Linux Luxi Sans 19.72% 19.72%
Linux Luxi Mono 19.53% 19.53%
Linux Luxi Serif 19.53% 19.53%
Windows Matisse ITC 19.18% 19.18%
Linux Electron 18.44% 18.44%
Linux Nice 18.44% 18.44%
Windows Bitstream Vera Sans Mono 17.53% 17.53%
Linux Courier 14.20% 14.20%
Linux Domestic Manners 12.80% 12.80%
Linux Dustismo 12.15% 12.15%
Linux MgOpen Modata 12.03% 12.03%
Linux MgOpen Moderna 12.03% 12.03%
Linux MgOpen Canonica 11.83% 11.83%
Linux MgOpen Cosmetica 11.83% 11.83%
Linux AR PL UMing CN 11.22% 11.22%
Linux AR PL UMing HK 11.22% 11.22%
Linux AR PL UMing TW 11.22% 11.22%
Linux AR PL UMing TW MBE 11.22% 11.22%
Windows Staccato222 BT 10.52% 10.52%
Linux Penguin Attack 10.41% 10.41%
Linux Balker 9.98% 9.98%
Linux Marked Fool 9.98% 9.98%
Windows Bitstream Vera Sans 9.88% 9.88%
Mac Univers 9.64% 9.64%
Linux Junkyard 9.54% 9.54%
Linux Linux Libertine O 9.17% 9.17%
Windows Bitstream Vera Serif 9.10% 9.10%
Linux Linux Biolinum O 8.75% 8.75%
Windows Broadway BT 8.52% 8.52%
Windows Square721 BT 8.42% 8.42%
Windows ParkAvenue BT 8.23% 8.23%
Windows MisterEarl BT 8.08% 8.08%
Windows Calligraph421 BT 7.94% 7.94%
Linux DejaVu LGC Sans Mono 7.81% 7.81%
Windows Cataneo BT 7.69% 7.69%
Windows Rage Italic LET 7.69% 7.69%
Windows La Bamba LET 7.64% 7.64%
Windows Blackletter686 BT 7.59% 7.59%
Windows Ruach LET 7.59% 7.59%
Windows John Handy LET 7.55% 7.55%
Linux DejaVu LGC Sans 7.38% 7.38%
Linux DejaVu LGC Sans Condensed 7.38% 7.38%
Linux DejaVu LGC Sans Light 7.38% 7.38%
Linux DejaVu LGC Serif 7.38% 7.38%
Linux DejaVu LGC Serif Condensed 7.38% 7.38%
Linux Isabella 7.38% 7.38%
Linux Linux Libertine 7.38% 7.38%
Windows Scruff LET 7.35% 7.35%
Windows Westwood LET 7.35% 7.35%
Linux AlArabiya 7.26% 7.26%
Windows Milano LET 7.11% 7.11%
Windows Tiranti Solid LET 6.96% 6.96%
Windows One Stroke Script LET 6.91% 6.91%
Windows Orange LET 6.91% 6.91%
Windows Smudger LET 6.86% 6.86%
Windows Victorian LET 6.86% 6.86%
Windows Academy Engraved LET 6.82% 6.82%
Windows Mekanik LET 6.82% 6.82%
Windows Odessa LET 6.82% 6.82%
Windows Pump Demi Bold LET 6.82% 6.82%
Windows Quixley LET 6.82% 6.82%
Mac Inconsolata 6.80% 6.80%
Windows Jokerman LET 6.77% 6.77%
Windows OldDreadfulNo7 BT 6.77% 6.77%
Windows University Roman LET 6.77% 6.77%
Windows Highlight LET 6.72% 6.72%
Linux Nimbus Sans L Condensed 6.71% 6.71%
Mac Gotham 6.62% 6.62%
Windows Helvetica 6.43% 6.43%
Mac News Gothic Std 6.26% 6.26%
Linux AlBattar 6.11% 6.11%
Linux AlHor 6.11% 6.11%
Linux AlManzomah 6.11% 6.11%
Linux Arab 6.11% 6.11%
Linux Cortoba 6.11% 6.11%
Linux Dimnah 6.11% 6.11%
Linux Furat 6.11% 6.11%
Linux Granada 6.11% 6.11%
Linux Graph 6.11% 6.11%
Linux Hani 6.11% 6.11%
Linux Hor 6.11% 6.11%
Mac Interstate 6.11% 6.11%
Linux Japan 6.11% 6.11%
Linux Jet 6.11% 6.11%
Linux Khalid 6.11% 6.11%
Linux Mashq 6.11% 6.11%
Linux Mashq-Bold 6.11% 6.11%
Linux Nada 6.11% 6.11%
Linux Nagham 6.11% 6.11%
Linux Ostorah 6.11% 6.11%
Linux Ouhod-Bold 6.11% 6.11%
Linux Petra 6.11% 6.11%
Linux Rasheeq-Bold 6.11% 6.11%
Linux Rehan 6.11% 6.11%
Linux Salem 6.11% 6.11%
Linux Shado 6.11% 6.11%
Linux Sharjah 6.11% 6.11%
Linux Tarablus 6.11% 6.11%
Linux Tholoth 6.11% 6.11%
Mac Chicago 5.93% 5.93%
Mac Textile 5.93% 5.93%
Linux Linux Libertine C 5.86% 5.86%
Mac TradeGothic 5.73% 5.73%
Mac Hypatia Sans Pro 5.55% 5.55%
Mac Frutiger LT Std 5.37% 5.37%
Mac Myriad Std 5.37% 5.37%
Linux Garamond 5.33% 5.33%
Mac Bitstream Vera Sans Mono 5.32% 5.32%
Mac Charcoal 5.32% 5.32%
Mac Gadget 5.32% 5.32%
Mac Avenir 5.22% 5.22%
Mac Techno 5.19% 5.19%
Mac Delicious 5.01% 5.01%
Mac Bitstream Vera Serif 4.94% 4.94%
Mac Bitstream Vera Sans 4.82% 4.82%
Windows Baby Kruffy 4.72% 4.72%
Mac Berthold Akzidenz Grotesk BE 4.71% 4.71%
Mac New York 4.70% 4.70%
Mac DINSchrift 4.65% 4.65%
Mac Sand 4.57% 4.57%
Mac ITC Franklin Gothic 4.46% 4.46%
Windows Abadi MT Condensed Light 4.43% 4.43%
Windows Verdana Ref 4.38% 4.38%
Windows Univers 4.33% 4.33%
Windows Helvetica Narrow 4.24% 4.24%
Mac Caflisch Script Pro 4.20% 4.20%
Mac Ubuntu 4.14% 4.14%
Windows Alba Super 3.94% 3.94%
Linux Caslon 3.94% 3.94%
Windows Andale Mono 3.89% 3.89%
Windows Kabel Ult BT 3.89% 3.89%
Windows Alba 3.85% 3.85%
Linux AlMateen-Bold 3.82% 3.82%
Linux AlMohanad 3.82% 3.82%
Linux AlMothnna-Bold 3.82% 3.82%
Windows Andy 3.80% 3.80%
Windows Alba Matter 3.75% 3.75%
Windows Palatino 3.65% 3.65%
Windows Times 3.60% 3.60%
Mac Bembo 3.57% 3.57%
Windows News Gothic MT 3.55% 3.55%
Windows Chick 3.51% 3.51%
Mac Adobe Garamond 3.44% 3.44%
Mac Bernhard Modern Std 3.44% 3.44%
Windows Beesknees ITC 3.41% 3.41%
Windows New Century Schoolbook 3.31% 3.31%
Mac HelveticaNeue 3.18% 3.18%
Mac Minion Std 3.18% 3.18%
Windows Frosty 3.16% 3.16%
Windows Braggadocio 3.07% 3.07%
Windows Kino MT 3.07% 3.07%
Mac Formata 3.04% 3.04%
Mac ITC Franklin Gothic Std 3.04% 3.04%
Windows Pussycat 3.02% 3.02%
Windows GENUINE 2.97% 2.97%
Windows OCRB 2.97% 2.97%
Windows Freshbot 2.92% 2.92%
Windows Jenkins v2.0 2.92% 2.92%
Windows Placard Condensed 2.87% 2.87%
Mac Gentium 2.85% 2.85%
Windows Croobie 2.82% 2.82%
Windows GlooGun 2.82% 2.82%
Windows Weltron Urban 2.82% 2.82%
Windows Abadi MT Condensed Extra Bold 2.78% 2.78%
Windows Jokewood 2.78% 2.78%
Windows Pepita MT 2.78% 2.78%
Linux Arial Narrow 2.76% 2.76%
Windows Georgia Ref 2.68% 2.68%
Windows Poornut 2.68% 2.68%
Windows Fat 2.63% 2.63%
Windows Ubuntu 2.63% 2.63%
Windows Gentium 2.61% 2.61%
Windows Andale Mono IPA 2.58% 2.58%
Mac RotisSemiSans 2.55% 2.55%
Mac Sabon 2.50% 2.50%
Windows MS Reference Serif 2.43% 2.43%
Windows Abadi MT Condensed 2.39% 2.39%
Windows Ubuntu Light 2.30% 2.30%
Linux Ubuntu-Title 2.29% 2.29%
Windows Monaco 2.24% 2.24%
Windows Runic MT Condensed 2.19% 2.19%
Mac Shelley 2.17% 2.17%
Mac Courier Std 2.15% 2.15%
Windows Gill Sans 2.09% 2.09%
Windows Optima 2.09% 2.09%
Windows Desdemona 2.04% 2.04%
Windows Bickley Script 2.00% 2.00%
Mac New Century Schoolbook 1.98% 1.98%
Mac Archer 1.97% 1.97%
Mac BauerBodoni 1.97% 1.97%
Linux Monaco 1.97% 1.97%
Windows Base 02 1.95% 1.95%
Mac ITC Century 1.91% 1.91%
Mac Porcelain 1.91% 1.91%
Windows Geneva 1.80% 1.80%
Mac AkzidenzGrotesk 1.79% 1.79%
Mac Cronos Pro 1.79% 1.79%
Mac Times CY 1.79% 1.79%
Windows CAMPBELL 1.75% 1.75%
Windows DomBold BT 1.75% 1.75%
Windows Fine Hand 1.75% 1.75%
Windows Mercurius Script MT Bold 1.75% 1.75%
Windows Chicago 1.70% 1.70%
Windows MARKETPRO 1.70% 1.70%
Mac Kaufmann 1.66% 1.66%
Mac Berkeley 1.61% 1.61%
Mac Bookman 1.61% 1.61%
Mac Franklin Gothic 1.61% 1.61%
Mac Ryo Display Std 1.61% 1.61%
Mac Utopia 1.61% 1.61%
Mac Aachen 1.43% 1.43%
Mac Adobe Sans MM 1.43% 1.43%
Windows Helvetica Neue 1.41% 1.41%
Windows A Charming Font 1.31% 1.31%
Windows Champignon 1.31% 1.31%
Mac Apple Casual 1.27% 1.27%
Windows Futura 1.22% 1.22%
Windows Apple Chancery 1.17% 1.17%
Mac Belwe 1.15% 1.15%
Windows FreeSans 1.12% 1.12%
Mac Minion Web 1.11% 1.11%
Windows New York 1.07% 1.07%
Mac Algerian 0.99% 0.99%
Windows Mead Bold 0.97% 0.97%
Mac Avant Garde 0.87% 0.87%
Windows FIRSTHOME 0.83% 0.83%
Windows Hoefler Text 0.83% 0.83%
Linux Helvetica 0.79% 0.79%
Windows Monotype.com 0.78% 0.78%
Windows FreeSerif 0.75% 0.75%
Mac Zapf Chancery 0.74% 0.74%
Windows DecoType Naskh 0.73% 0.73%
Mac The Sans- 0.72% 0.72%
Mac Ubuntu-Title 0.65% 0.65%
Mac Caslon 0.62% 0.62%
Windows FreeMono 0.62% 0.62%
Linux Imprint MT Shadow 0.59% 0.59%
Windows 04b_21 0.54% 0.54%
Windows BudHand 0.54% 0.54%
Windows Minion Web 0.49% 0.49%
Linux Palatino 0.39% 0.39%
Windows Linux Libertine O 0.37% 0.37%
Mac Monotype.com 0.37% 0.37%
Mac URW Antiqua T 0.37% 0.37%
Mac URW Grotesk T 0.37% 0.37%
Windows Ubuntu-Title 0.33% 0.33%
Mac Helvetica Narrow 0.25% 0.25%
Windows Linux Biolinum O 0.25% 0.25%
Windows MgOpen Canonica 0.25% 0.25%
Linux Bookman 0.20% 0.20%
Linux Fixed 0.20% 0.20%
Linux Helvetica Narrow 0.20% 0.20%
Linux Times 0.20% 0.20%
Windows Gadget 0.10% 0.10%
Windows Terminal 0.10% 0.10%
Windows Textile 0.10% 0.10%

Info sourced at Internet Archive.

Several of the lowest rank fonts have been removed from the current survey of best fonts, but their reported frequency is recorded here for reference.

UK Government recommendations on best fonts to use:

Use only clear, commonly used fonts. Avoid the use of small text. Users should have the ability to scale fonts.

Guidelines for UK Government websites
Illustrated handbook for Web management teams

Jakob Nielsen’s Readability Guidelines for Website Font Size

  • Do not use absolute font sizes in your style sheets. Code font sizes in relative terms, typically using percentages such as 120% for big text and 90% for small text.
  • Make your default font size reasonably big (at least 10 point) so that very few users have to resort to manual overrides.
  • If your site targets senior citizens, use bigger default font sizes (at least 12 point).
  • If possible, avoid text that’s embedded within a graphic, since style sheets and font size buttons don’t have any effect on graphics. If you must use pictures of text, make sure the font size is especially large (at least 12 point) and that you use high-contrast colors.
  • Consider adding a button that loads an alternate style sheet with really big font sizes if most of your site’s visitors are senior citizens or low-vision users. Few users know how to find or use the built-in font size feature in current browsers, and adding such a button within your pages will help users easily increase text size. However, because every extra feature takes away from the rest of the page, I don’t recommend such a button for mainstream websites.
  • Maximize the color contrast between the text and the background (and do not use busy or watermarked background patterns). Despite the fact that low-contrast text further reduces readability, the Web is plagued by gray text these days.’

Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox, August 19, 2002

Jakob Nielsen’s Top Ten Web Design Mistakes of 2005

  • #1 – Legibility Problems
    Bad fonts won the vote by a landslide, getting almost twice as many votes as the #2 mistake. About two-thirds of the voters complained about small font sizes or frozen font sizes; about one-third complained about low contrast between text and background.

Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox, October 3, 2005:

 

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