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CSS CSS Basics (2014) Understanding Values and Units Font Properties

Generic family name

I don’t really understand what is a generic font family and the difference between generic and specific font-family.

1 Answer

Hi Sebastien,

specific font families are fonts like "Times", "Courier", "Arial", etc.

Generic font families are drawback fonts like "serif", "sans-serif", "cursive", "fantasy", "monospace".

You put the generic font families at the end of your declaration (seperated by a comma), so that when the specific font is not available the are used as a drawback. Like this:

p {
  font-family: Arial, sans-serif;

Does that make it clear?

Happy coding!


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