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CSS System Font Stack Serif Small v1

Forget Times New Roman and upgrade with this CSS system font stack.

This system stack is upgrade of the traditional serif font Times New Roman. The Mac and Windows alternates are dense and screen optimized.

The CSS

font-family:
  /* 1 */ Athelas,
  /* 2 */ Cambria,
  /* 3 */ serif;

This is what it looks like on your browser:

THE QUICK BROWN FOX JUMPED OVER THE LAZY DOG.
The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.
0123456789
11111.11
88888.88
0Oo il1I! Z2z 8$s5S😺‼✏⚠😭⤴⤵

The Fonts

If font below is not available on your system, it will be rendered in a monospace font.

THE QUICK BROWN FOX JUMPED OVER THE LAZY DOG.
The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.
0123456789
11111.11
88888.88
0Oo il1I! Z2z 8$s5S😺‼✏⚠😭⤴⤵

Athelas

Athelas is macOS and iOS font that is used in iBooks and the Safari Reader feature.

THE QUICK BROWN FOX JUMPED OVER THE LAZY DOG.
The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.
0123456789
11111.11
88888.88
0Oo il1I! Z2z 8$s5S😺‼✏⚠😭⤴⤵

Cambria

Cambria was a Windows-only font, but Google Docs now seems to support it.

THE QUICK BROWN FOX JUMPED OVER THE LAZY DOG.
The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.
0123456789
11111.11
88888.88
0Oo il1I! Z2z 8$s5S😺‼✏⚠😭⤴⤵

Caladea

Update 2018-03: Caladea according to the Debian package:

Caladea is metric-compatible with the Cambria font. This font is a serif typeface family based on Huerta Tipográfica’s Cambo.

However, it is not installed by default according to this Debian article. Maybe Google licensed it for ChromeOS, but it’s not on Google Fonts anymore, and the original ChromeOS bug report seems orphaned. If you use LibreOffice it is “recommended” but not “required”. I can’t find a true primary source. I didn’t add this to the font stack, but if you have more linux experience it might be a worthwhile addition.

THE QUICK BROWN FOX JUMPED OVER THE LAZY DOG.
The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.
0123456789
11111.11
88888.88
0Oo il1I! Z2z 8$s5S😺‼✏⚠😭⤴⤵

Serif (default)

This is likely to be Times New Roman or a similar clone.

THE QUICK BROWN FOX JUMPED OVER THE LAZY DOG.
The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog.
0123456789
11111.11
88888.88
0Oo il1I! Z2z 8$s5S😺‼✏⚠😭⤴⤵

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