Although I have a Windows system, I am not basically a Windows user, and do all my stuff on Linux.
Are Windows users really used to Arial? I mean, it's really thin and rough looking when compared to similar looking sans-serif fonts on other operating systems (say, FreeSans and Helvetica) — especially on Chrome, and older versions of Internet Explorer (< v9) on Windows, Arial looks horrible — at least to a non-Windows users like me. So, are Windows users used to this?
I am not trying to take a jab at Arial or Windows. The problem is, I am unable to decide on a sans-serif font stack that looks reasonably okay on all platforms (Windows, Mac & *nix) at a font-size of 16px.
I currently use this:
font: 16px/1.4em Arial, sans-serif;
And the text looks awesome on Linux and Mac platforms — but not so good on Windows.
I have also tried adding "Calibri" (a Windows font), but it's looks like a 13px font at 16px (I mean, the whole point of setting a font-size of 16px is to improve legibility and lessen eye strain).
This question is solely about user experience. What font-stack would you suggest? or should I go with what I am currently using?
I would love some input from Windows users.