CSS Fonts

The CSS font properties define the font family, boldness, size, and the style of a text.

In CSS, there are two types of font family names:

  • Generic Family - a group of font families with a similar look (like "Serif" or "Monospace")
  • Font Family - a specific font family (like "Times New Roman" or "Arial")

Font Family

The font family of a text is set with the font-family property. The font-family property should hold several font names as a "fallback" system. If the browser does not support the first font, it tries the next font, and so on. Start with the font you want, and end with a generic family, to let the browser pick a similar font in the generic family, if no other fonts are available.

Note: If the name of a font family is more than one word, it must be in quotation marks, like: "Times New Roman". More than one font family is specified in a comma-separated list:

CSS Fonts Example

CSS Font Style

CSS Font Style

The font-style property is mostly used to specify italic text.

This property has three values:

  • normal - The text is shown normally
  • italic - The text is shown in italics
  • oblique - The text is "leaning" (oblique is very similar to italic, but less supported)

CSS Font Style Example

CSS Font Size

Font Size

The font-size property sets the size of the text.

Being able to manage the text size is important in web design. However, you should not use font size adjustments to make paragraphs look like headings, or headings look like paragraphs.

Always use the proper HTML tags, like <h1> - <h6> for headings and <p> for paragraphs.

The font-size value can be an absolute, or relative size.

Absolute size:

  • Sets the text to a specified size
  • Does not allow a user to change the text size in all browsers (bad for accessibility reasons)
  • Absolute size is useful when the physical size of the output is known

Relative size:

  • Sets the size relative to surrounding elements
  • Allows a user to change the text size in browsers

Note: If you do not specify a font size, the default size for normal text, like paragraphs, is 16px (16px=1em).

Set Font Size With Pixels

Set Font Size With Pixels

Setting the text size with pixels gives you full control over the text size:


Set Font Size With em

Set Font Size With Em

To allow users to resize the text (in the browser menu), many developers use em instead of pixels. The em size unit is recommended by the W3C. 1em is equal to the current font size. The default text size in browsers is 16px. So, the default size of 1em is 16px.

Note: The size can be calculated from pixels to em using this formula: pixels/16=em.


CSS Font Weight

Font Weight

The font-weight property specifies the weight of a font:


CSS Font Variant

Font Variant

The font-variant property specifies whether or not a text should be displayed in a small-caps font.

In a small-caps font, all lowercase letters are converted to uppercase letters. However, the converted uppercase letters appears in a smaller font size than the original uppercase letters in the text.


CSS Text Lineheight

Line Height

The line-height property is used to specify the space between lines:


CSS Box with Line-height

CSS Font Style Task 1

CSS Font Style Task 2

CSS Font Style Task 3


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