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    Silly Question...

    Pls. remind me - which're the SERIF fonts & which're the SANS SERIF.

    ie. using TimesNewRoman & Arial as an example.
    I can't remember which way around they go.

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    m.q.

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    Re: Silly Question...

    My understanding is that "serifs" are those pointings on the end of letters.

    The dictionary definition I have is "A small lie at the end extremities of a main stroke in a type character".

    "Sans" is French for "without".

    So every letter in "Times New Roman" has a little line.

    The letters in "Arial" do not have that little line- they are "without" serif.
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    Re: Silly Question...

    ...and just in case you are wondering about the history of the 'serif' and why it is exemplified in Times Roman, I believe it was to facilitate the engraving of lettering. It was found too difficult to get a neat end to a straight line chiseling into stone, so the 'tail' was added. (Or something along those lines - doubtless someone will know the correct story.)

    So, an easy way to remember, is that true Roman Numerals have a serif face.
    <font face="Georgia">I II III IV V VII</font face=georgia> etc, not I II III IV V VII

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