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
    6 years ago

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

    6 years 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?

    6 years 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.

    6 years ago

    Norm: Tell us! 😯

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