Verdana Typeface Information
Verdana - Verdana is a sans-serif typeface designed by Matthew Carter for Microsoft Corporation, with hand-hinting done by Agfa Monotype's Tom Rickner.
Released in 1996, Verdana was bundled with subsequent versions of Microsoft's Windows operating system, as well as their Office and Internet Explorer software on both Windows and Mac OS. In addition, it was long available for download from Microsoft's web site allowing it to be used by any system supporting Truetype fonts. As a result, it is now installed on most desktop computers. The redistributable downloadable file is still available from a third-party web site; see the External links section.
Bearing similarities to humanist sans-serif typefaces such as Frutiger, Verdana has been designed with the computer screen use in mind, to be readable at small sizes. The lack of serifs, large x-height, wide proportions, loose letter-spacing, large counters, and emphasized distinctions between similarly-shaped characters are considered to increase its readability. As a result, it is often chosen by web designers attempting to cram large amounts of text into a small space.
The Tahoma typeface is similar to Verdana but with tighter letter-spacing; other similar faces include Frutiger and Bitstream Vera Sans.
Criticism of using Verdana on the web
Some have suggested that web authors should not specify the use of Verdana on a web page . They argue that while Verdana is readable at small font sizes due to its high x-height, some other typefaces like Times New Roman are hard to read at the same point size. The effect is to reduce readability for those people reading the page on computers where Verdana or similar fonts like Bitstream Vera Sans are not installed or if users override the site's font with significantly different fonts, especially serif ones. CSS 2 included properties (such as font-size-adjust) that would have allowed web designers to guide user agents in choosing appropriate replacement fonts, but these have yet to be implemented in any production browser, and have therefore been removed from the CSS 2.1 candidate recommendation.
Sample of the Verdana typeface
The following paragraph is in Verdana if it is installed on your machine. If not, a monospace font is used. Note that this sample may include characters which are not present in the font, in which case some user agents may substitute a different font to display these characters.