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A customer has designed a site and asked me to put it on the web. The customer used a helvetica small caps extended font that looks really good, but I have been unable to find anything closely resembling it. Since I am using a PC, I would like to find a true type sans font, small cap and extended. My limited experience with fonts thus far has been that the windows post script type font does not look so good when published to the web. Can anyone offer suggestions on where to look. I have tried fonts.com, fontseek, myfonts and a host of others. Thanks, and any suggestions regarding the use of the different font types is appreciated.
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You should realize that any special font you use will not be rendered on a visitor's site if they do not have the font installed.

It is therefor unwise to rely on a specific "exotic" font for your site. You can always specify a special font, but you should always specify a standard backup font with which the site looks reasonably well.

There is still no definitive solution for downloadable fonts (webfonts) although both Netscape and Microsoft have done some efforts. Both have solutions but they are not yet usable, cross-browser or cross-platform.

If you *must* use a specific font for some reason, consider creating some graphics. If you save them as .gif, their size should be acceptable.  Be aware that this is not a good solution : text browsers, audio browsers and ordinary browsers with graphic display turned off will not display the information you put in graphics, unless you also provide the text in the graphics as the value of the "alt" property :

<img src="welcome.gif" alt="Welcome to our fabulous website">

Good luck.
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Very helpful, Thank you. I will leave this open a couple of days to see if any further input comes about.
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Just a personal opinion.  I recommend giving the user a list of the fonts you prefer with common alternatives.  For instance, our organization uses:
face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica"
since the end user is bound to have one of them and at least we say which ones we prefer the user to browse with, if it's available.

Personally, I'm not going to linger at a site to download it's font.  Appearance is important, but to me, less so than content.
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