Tahoma (typeface)

Tahoma (typeface)

Infobox font
name = Tahoma

style = Sans-serif
date = 1994
creator = Matthew Carter
foundry = Carter & Cone|

Tahoma is a humanist sans-serif typeface designed by Matthew Carter for the Microsoft Corporation in 1994 with initial distribution along with Verdana for Windows 95.

Tahoma is very similar to Verdana but with a narrower body, less generous counters, tighter letterspacing, and a more complete Unicode character set. Designed from the start as a bitmap rather than outlines, the bold weight is heavy. Being based upon a double pixel width the bold weight is more similar to a heavy or black weight.

Though often compared with the humanist sans-serif typeface Frutiger, in an interview with Daniel Will-Harris, Matthew Carter acknowledges some similarities with his earlier typeface Bell Centennial. [ Daniel Will-Harris. [http://www.will-harris.com/verdana-georgia.htm "Georgia & Verdana: Typefaces designed for the screen (finally)'"] "TypoFiles," retrieved January 16, 2007.]

It is also the default screen font used by Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003 (replacing MS Sans Serif) and is also used for Sega's Dreamcast. Bundled for inclusion in the font library of Windows, the typeface is widely used as an alternative to Arial.

The Tahoma typeface family was named after the Native American name for the stratovolcano Mount Rainier (Mount Tahoma) which is a prominent feature of the southern landscape around the Seattle metropolitan area.

Bundling on non-Microsoft operating systems

On October 16, 2007, Apple announced on their website that Tahoma would be bundled with the next version of their flagship operating system, Mac OS X v10.5 ("Leopard"). Leopard also shipped with several other previously Microsoft-only fonts, including Microsoft Sans Serif, Arial Unicode, and Wingdings.


External links

* [http://www.microsoft.com/typography/fonts/family.aspx?FID=19 Microsoft typography information on Tahoma]
* [http://download.microsoft.com/download/office97pro/fonts/1/w95/en-us/tahoma32.exe Direct Download on Microsoft website]

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