I need some suggestions for a sans-serif font to use as a Heading/Label. I'm looking at small 11pt text, which is all uppercase and bold.

I'm writing my app using WPF on Windows XP and none of the fonts I've chosen so far look slick/smooth.

I've tried Gill Sans MT and Franklin Gothic Demi Cond so far.

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    If you're developing a Windows app, why not just go with the default - i.e. whatver the current system font setting is - for consistency?
    – e100
    Commented Feb 25, 2011 at 18:06

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Verdana always looked pretty good to me when small, bold and uppercase.


For screen display "lucida grande" is a good choice (facebook use it on small text). (But this is not available on iPad.)


Verdana vs. DejaVu Sans

Verdana (nominated by Scott Brown) is indeed very readable at small sizes, but a small percentage of computers don't have it installed. DejaVu Sans (see above) is a suitable fallback. My suggestion for a complete Verdana-like font stack is

Verdana, "DejaVu Sans", "Bitstream Vera Sans", "DejaVu LGC Sans", Geneva, sans-serif;

I give my reasons in "Three font stacks to match DejaVu / Bitstream Vera".


from my point of view..

1.times new roman



4.Century gothic

5.Felix titling

and if you want to check your font online check this

This link will solve your problem for sure.. :)


and btw 11 pt is equal to 0.938em...

hope it will work for you..

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    'em's are relative to whatever you, and the browser user, has set the base at. You can't say that 11pt = anything em.
    – user474
    Commented Feb 25, 2011 at 14:09
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    correct. An em is essentially a percentage measurement which was based upon the proportions of a capital M. Nowadays it is simply the point size expressed as one unit and only has meaning in the context of the currently specified point size (so 11pt=.938em is like saying 11pt=.938percent, which forces one to ask "of what?")
    – horatio
    Commented Feb 25, 2011 at 18:18
  • And I don't think WPF supports ems anyway.
    – e100
    Commented Oct 17, 2012 at 15:39
  • How is Times New Roman Sans-Serif?
    – Dean Kuga
    Commented Mar 22, 2017 at 20:11

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