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Text vs Font – What's the Difference?

What is the difference between a text and a font? Let's find out.

Text

Text is the characters of a piece of writing.

Text is the predominant content of a software application. For instance, consider this HTML document:

<html>
<head>
<meta charset="UTF-8" />
<style>
.tenor-gif-embed {
border: 7px solid #000000;
}
</style>
</head>

<body>
<div
class="tenor-gif-embed"
data-postid="18866548"
data-share-method="host"
data-aspect-ratio="1"
data-width="100%"
>
<a
href="https://tenor.com/view/celebration-dancing-students-students-celebrating-chicken-dance-gif-18866548"
>Celebration Dancing GIF</a
>from
<a href="https://tenor.com/search/celebration-gifs">Celebration GIFs</a>
</div>
<script
type="text/javascript"
async
src="https://tenor.com/embed.js"
></script>
</body>
</html>

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The snippet above is an HTML document containing a GIF animation with some CSS and JavaScript code.

However, even though the above application got configured to display only a GIF animated image, the app's content is 100% text.

In other words, "text" is essential in building software applications.

Font

A font is a specific style used to alter a text's appearance.

In other words, suppose you wish to change your text's look (shape, size, weight, etc.). In such a case, you will style it with the appropriate font.

For instance, to change the weight of a paragraph element, you will apply the CSS font-weight property like so:

p {
font-weight: bold;
}

Overview

Texts are written characters, while fonts are the text's styles.

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