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Arial and Helvetica

The Scourge of Arial (via Zeldman). An interesting short history of modern typefaces and how Arial become widespread despite being merely a poor imitation of Helvetica.

This is Arial and Helvetica by Simon Willison, posted on 1st July 2002.

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