Tahoma

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Credits

Designer(s)
Matthew Carter
Foundry(ies)
Microsoft
Release Year
1994
Country of Origin
United States
Classification
Sans Serif, Humanist Sans
Original Format
Digital
Distributor(s)
Microsoft
Tags
1990s, low resolution, microsoft, sans serif, screen

Background

Designed for the Microsoft Corporation in 1994 with initial distribution along with Verdana for Windows 95.

Tahoma was designed as a bitmap rather than an outline font. The bold weight was based upon a double pixel width, rendering it closer to a heavy or black weight.

Tahoma is 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 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.

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