Andrew Jaswa

iPhone safe fonts

I was pondering the other day as to what fonts could be used in mobile Safari. I came across an article about this very subject on Daring Fireball. There is even a chart of exactly what fonts are installed on the iphone. It’s a great resource, but it seems a bit overwhelming. We all know that browser and OS support for fonts isn’t as great as we would like. Which is why things like SIFR and image replacement are used. There aren’t a lot of fonts we can use

While Daring Fireball’s list is comprehensive I wanted something that would be a quick reference. So I created my own test based on commonly used web fonts. A quick rundown of the fonts that can be used on MobileSafari:

  • Arial
  • Courier
  • Courier New
  • Garamond
  • Georgia
  • Helvetica
  • Times/Times New Roman
  • Trebuchet MS
  • Verdana

I didn’t test the other fonts that Daring Fireball listed because I’m pretty sure they aren’t “web-safe”. Interestingly enough Daring Fireball doesn’t have Garamond listed. There could be an explanation for this though. Their post is from July 2007, if Apple added Garamond later that would explain it.

category iPhone
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February 15, 2009

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  1. If font defined is not available, I think Times/Times New Roman is the default font rendered on iPhone Safari.

    Comment by Thant Zin — October 6, 2009 @ 11:51 pm

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