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Tips and Tricks
A BETTER BOLDFACE
My default web-page font is Verdana, primarily because its characters and spacing are a bit wider than most, rendering it more readable than the other fonts that are guaranteed to be installed on every computer. I find, however, that boldface Verdana text tends to be a bit much, or "over the top", as it were:
This is some boldface Verdana text in a sentence, as generated by the <strong> tag.
That is a bit too bold for my taste. Generally, the
writer's intention is simply to emphasize a word or phrase, but not
to have it dominate the page. For this reason I stopped using
boldface at all for quite a while, preferring underlined text
instead. This is a perfect example of the total
non-functionality of the feature that is suppose to let
one adjust the level of boldness.
Recently, however, a solution has come to mind. Because
this problem is related to the Verdana font (and perhaps others
as well), why not use another one? Yes, that's the
answer — a style-adjustment to the
This is some less-bold Arial text inside a Verdana sentence.
That's much nicer, don't you think? The slight
letter-height is a worthwhile tradeoff
for a better-looking page. Unfortunately, an
increase in the font size to, say, 102%, makes it overly
bold again; so I don't know of a good way to balance the