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Arial is a popular sans-serif font family that was designed to mimic the expensive Helvetica typeface. Created in 1982 and made the default font on Windows computers from 1992-2007, Arial’s characters match the width and proportion of those in Helvetica, but sport softer curves and diagonal cuts on terminal strokes.

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