Fonts on the Web

When creating web pages, most of us are stuck with the few, basic fonts that are used across most operating systems.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to be able to tap into the exact font we want — regardless of what is installed on our users’ computers?  It’s possible.

Cascading Style Sheets version 3 has a property called @font-face.  It allows a font to be stored on the web server and is called when that web page is served.  It is supported by the current versions of Firefox, Opera, and Safari.  There is, of course, one hold-out — Internet Explorer.  As usual, they have their own way of doing it, called Embedded OpenType.  There are pushing to make it an open standard, but for now, it muddies the water, as we cannot actually use either well.

[from WebMonkey]

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One response to “Fonts on the Web

  1. Dave November 10, 2008 at 7:09 pm

    Worse than muddying the waters, EOT is web font DRM! 😦

    The good news is that new http://OpenFontLibrary.org site will be a central repository for free software web fonts 🙂

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