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CSS CSS Basics (2014) Understanding Values and Units Line Height

Font stacking - difficulty with stacks in Firefox (running W8.1)

My Code:

body {
  color: #878787;
  margin: 0;
  font-size: 1em; /* 16px */
  font-family: Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; /* still sans-serif for me */

I do not have the font-family Helvetica on my computer, but I do have Arial. Shouldn't the Arial font-family display? I tested other fonts that I know to work on my system (if I change to body { font-family: Georgia;}, it does work), but could only get the font to display if I remove the sans-sarif value. Any advice? Thanks in advance.

btw, my comment is /* still sans-serif for me */ (the asterisk didn't display correctly above)

1 Answer

Craig Watson
Craig Watson
27,930 Points

Hi Daniel,

Please try this:

font: 15px arial, sans-serif;

Remove your current font size and font family and add the above and let me know if you get the arial font :) If not, we will get there!


Hello Craig,


body { color: #878787; margin: 0; font: 15px arial, sans-serif; /* sans-serif font still in use */ }

The font is still defaulting to sans-serif. However, when I tested your code with Georgia:

body { color: #878787; margin: 0; font: 15px Georgia, sans-serif; /* Georgia font does work! */ }

The font does use Georgia, rather than defaulting to sans-serif (which is better than what I had before!). Any other ideas? Again, your help is greatly appreciated!