• There are over 10,000 typefaces available for computers. The general categories are:
  1. Oldstyle: Faces have slanted serifs, gradual thick to thin strokes and a slanted stress (the “O” appears slanted)
  2. Modern: Faces have thin, horizontal serifs, radical thick to thin strokes and a vertical street (the “O” does not appear to slant.)
  3. Slab Serif: Faces have thick, horizontal serifs, little or no thick-to-thin in the strokes and a vertical stress (the “O” appears vertical).
  4. Sans Serif: Faces have no serifs.
  5. Script: From elaborate handwriting styles to casual, freeform, unconnected letter forms.
  6. Decorative: Unusual fonts, designed to be very different and attention getting.


  1. Formerly American Document Management, Glossary of Terms, now 5i Solutions Glossary.
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