#268 – Default FontFamily and FontSize
April 6, 2011 Leave a comment
In WPF, the default font family for text displayed on controls (like Label and Button) is Segoe UI, with a default size of 12.0 device-independent units.
Because a device-independent unit is 1/96 inch, a FontSize value of 12 represents characters whose capitals are 1/8″ high. This is also equivalent to a size of 9 points.
Windows also uses 9 point Segoe UI as its default system font (in Windows 7).
Most books use a font that is 11 or 12 pts (14-16 WPF units). Paperbacks often have slightly smaller type, e.g. 10 pt (13-1/3 WPF Units).
Web sites will also typically use fonts for body text that results in text that ranges from 10-12 points.
Microsoft Word uses 11 pt as its default font size.