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What is the actual font that is used when CSS specifies "sans-serif"?

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It will vary by browser, OS, and if the user has modified the defaults.

To find the default sans-serif font in Firefox:


Tools->Options->Content tab->'Fonts & Colors' section->Advanced button.


Firefox->Preferences->Content tab->'Fonts & Colors' section->Advanced button.

Defaults for MacEdit

Firefox: Helvetica

Defaults for WindowsEdit

Firefox: ??

Internet Explorer: ??

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