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All my fonts are designed for Windows, although they can be converted to other formats as well.

For Mac Users: You can use my fonts too, but it will take a conversion program to convert *.ttf into a font suitcase. I always use TrueType Converter. You may need StuffIt Deluxe or a similar program to unzip the files to get to the TrueType font (*.ttf) file.

Downloading: If you have problems downloading the *.zip files, you may need to hold down on the shift-key while clicking, or click with your mouse's right button and "save as".

Unzipping: You will need a program such as WinZip to decompress the files. You can find more information on how to unzip a file here or here.

Font Installation: First off, let's go over how to install a font on your system. Just because you've downloaded a font doesn't mean Windows recognizes it yet. To install a font using Windows, first unzip the font package. Then, click on the Fonts folder in your Windows directory. In the menu bar, click on "File" and pull down to "Install new font." Then, using the dialogue box, show Windows where the font is. It will find the name of the file once you point it to the directory where you unzipped the file. Find your font(s) and click "Install." Then you're ready to use your font.

Fonts and Webpage Design: Using fonts on webpages is a tricky business: HTML wasn't designed to allow for a lot typographical variations. Your choices, according to HTML, are basically variable width (Times New Roman, Helvetica, Verdana, etc.) or fixed width (Courier, Andale). Websurfers determine a large part of how they receive their information: for example, I have Netscape and I've told it to show me all webpages using variable width fonts as Trebuchet MS. I, the websurfer, control how the material comes across.

Even if you specified that a certain page should be displayed in Crackwhore (for example), not all websurfers have Crackwhore installed on their system. Since not everyone has the same font listing, you usually can't have fancy fonts on your webpage--unless you use them as graphics. Using a paint program like Photoshop, Paint Shop Pro, or even the basic Paint program that comes with your computer will let you type in the font (providing it's installed properly) and save it as a picture. Since pictures slow down browsing speed, I try to keep them down to a bare minimum, using fancy fonts only for logos and headings. Other resources on HTML will be able to give you better guidance on how to use graphics effectively, such as Webmonkey's Embedded Fonts tutorial. You may also want to investigate the layout options Cascading Style Sheets give you.

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