With the advances in Unicode technology, this option is not only unnecessary, but could actually exclude users.
Years, ago Web developers would specify FONT FACE= and select an "exotic" font (such as the font Symbol for Greek text) to display foreign language material. Some sites would provide a free font, but even so, there were problems including:
Unicode or some other encoding is available for most modern language scripts, so should be implemented whenever possible.
In the Windows version of the Times New Roman font actually includes Cyrillic characters, Central European characters (e.g. Polish and Romanian) Greek characters and other blocks,
In the Macintosh version, only Western European letters may be included (no Cyrillic, Central European or Greek) Therefore, if you just specify "Times New Roman", and use non-Western characters, the site may be unreadable on a Macintosh.
The same note applies to other Windows fonts like Arial, Georgia, Verdana and other Microsoft fonts.
If you are typing mathematical symbols, using the Symbol font is no longer a safe option.
New versions of Symbol are Unicode compliant, while older versions are not. Thus, a font specification style like <span style="font-family:Symbol">S</span> could be rendered as either sigma (Σ) or capital S depending on which type of Symbol font is on a user's machine.
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