Technical Terms: Serif and Sans-Serif

Most fonts can either be called Serif or Sans-Serif fonts. The difference is that Serif fonts have extended strokes at the ends and corners whereas Sans-Serif fonts do not. The use of this term predates computers, and the existence of serifs even predates modern printing. Today it is useful to know the difference when choosing a font for a document or graphic element.

Comments: 4 Responses to “Technical Terms: Serif and Sans-Serif”

    Phyllis Steele
    11 months ago

    I’m loving your “Technical Terms” videos. Clear explanations that make it easy to add to my knowledge base. Keep them coming!

    11 months ago

    Back at you. The number one has a hook in it. Why? Is there a sans serif number one? I actually know the answer to this one. Does the Mac guru?

    11 months ago

    One of the Fonts that will save you ink is Ecofont Vera Sans. It is a sans-serif font and has holes that only show up when it is used in a large pt. Otherwise it appears just like a sans-serif font.

    11 months ago

    Norm: Tell us! 😯

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