I'm not aware of any standard for sigs - as long as you use common sense.
On fonts - I would use a standard font that every computer is expected to
have. Or at least verify it looks ok if it drops down to a basic serif/sans
It's pretty standard in letterhead stationery to use different fonts for the
letterhead than for the letter - for this reason, I would not hesitate to
use a fancier font for the signature, provided it was a common font
available on all computers. The message body should use a basic font that is
easy to read - on computer screens this would be a sans serif font.
Usability studies report that most people prefer Verdana @ 10pt or Arial @
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"Karen P" <KarenP@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> I've been charged with developing a signature block and setting email
> formatting standards for our corporate communication via Outlook. We have
> lots of opinions internally about what fonts etc we should use, but I'm
> wondering if any de facto standards have developed through the years that
> can use as rationale for decisions.
> We're on Outlook 2003 and plan to stay here for the indefinite future.
> concerns are for our personal/corporate correspondence via Outlook to be
> professional and consistent and to keep the "storage" requirement low, and
> look good to any recipient independent of their email program.
> We've decided not to use an image of our logo in the signature block
> that may come across, annoyingly, as an attachment to some users.
> (Plus the logo would add to the size of the file.)
> Using the default white background for emails, rather than wood-grain or
> fluffy clouds, is a no-brainer.
> What about the font? Our corporate logo is based on Garamond so some of
> use Garamond as our default Outlook font. Is a sans serif font like Arial
> for emails preferred? If so, is there a technical reason?
> Final question--should the font of email body and the signature block
> If email body is Arial, should sig block be the same? If sig block is
> Garamond, should email body be the same?
> Thanks so much--even "informed opinions" will be much better than
> preferences--am finding it hard to make decisions on that basis.
> Karen P