Segoe UI font in ASP.NET website

Posted on 2008-11-09
Last Modified: 2012-05-05

We intend to use vista's Segoe UI font all over our ASP.NET website. What i would like to know is what happens if the client machine does not have that font installed.

Also, is there a way its presence can be detected and automatically installed if absent.

Question by:nshah55
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    It will fall back to what ever font the user has as default if I remember correctly.

    There currently is no cross browser way to use a font in CSS that the user does not have (flash and
    silverlight support it though).

    What you can do is specify any number of fonts it may fall back onto, you should also specify a generic font family (serif, sans-serif, cursive, fantasy, monospace), that way you always have a font that behaves in the same way. Segeo UI is sans-serif, so it would be best to use that as a generic font family and use fonts in that category to fall back on

    For example:
    font-family: "Segoe UI", Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif;
    /* I did not test to see how similar these fonts look in appearance, it's just an example, but they are all sans-serif */

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