I am trying to determine the default font-family used in Canvas. I need to have that information to report it in a grad school course that I am taking. I have searched all over for it, but don't see it anywhere. Any help would be appreciated! Thanks!
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Overall, the fonts you'll find will be:
Which font will be used depends upon what fonts are available to the user accessing the page (if Helvetica Neue is missing, but Helvetica, Arial, and Sans-Serif are present, then Helvetica will be used as it is higher on the list). Instructure does not provide a form of these fonts, so it is possible that any of these four fonts will be used if all the fonts before it are missing from the user's computer. It's highly unlikely that these will be missing as they are pretty much generic fonts provided by default to most OS', but that's no guarantee.
If, in the highly unlikely event that, all four of fonts are missing from the user's computer, then the font used will be dependent upon the default font of the OS. So, if the user has Symbols configured as the default font for the OS, then that is what will be used if the other four fonts are missing.
Note: These are the default fonts as set by Instructure. If your institution deploys custom CSS, these may not be the correct fonts. You should check with your Canvas administrators to confirm what fonts are correct for you.
I just want to elaborate on this update. The Lato font is being streamed from the Instructure servers, so it should be the font displayed for all major browsers. However, if the font fails to be loaded remotely, it will follow the same determination pathing as before, there's just the addition of Lato that a user may have installed.
So the new font priority is:
Yes. The fonts in place are in this order of priority:
As of today, (at least this is when I discovered this in a Canvas course we're using to publish a monthly digital newsletter), "LATOWEB" is not / no longer recognized by Canvas. Only LATO calls the correct font in its normal weight and style.
Was something changed in Canvas from the last few updates?
Good catch. Yes, it looks like they have switched from the "LatoWeb" font to "Lato" as the primary font. The rest of the font priorities remain untouched.
I, honestly, don't know when if was changed, only that when I last checked for the font families in March it was what I'd mentioned.
It changed with the May 11, 2019, release, but didn't get documented because Canvas didn't think anything would change. See Erin's correct answer here: https://community.canvaslms.com/message/145112-re-have-the-basic-font-changed-in-canvas