June 2009 - Broken Links Archive

Checking for installed fonts with @font-face and local()

Fire­fox 3.5 was released ear­li­er today, and joins Safari in sup­port­ing the @font-face rule with Open­Type and True­Type font fam­i­lies, allow­ing you to use a wider range of fonts in your designs (as long as they are cor­rect­ly licensed, of course).

One slight draw­back of the tech­nique is the blank space that’s dis­played as the new font is loaded into the brows­er; this is espe­cial­ly unnec­es­sary for users who already have that font native­ly on their system.

The way to get around that is quite sim­ple; use local() to check if the font is on the user’s sys­tem first.

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Web workers of the world: Unite

To much fan­fare (the blow­ing of their own trum­pets), Opera today announced Unite, a new ser­vice which lets you use the brows­er as a per­son­al file serv­er and social space. I haven’t had more than a pass­ing glance at it yet — my URL is home.stopsatgreen.operaunite.com, if you’d like to see if I’m avail­able — but it cer­tain­ly looks inter­est­ing. Use­ful? I’m not sure yet.


I’ve updat­ed my Speak­ing page to include more con­fer­ences, more videos, and a lit­tle on my speak­ing require­ments and pref­er­ences. I’m plan­ning to cut down on the num­ber of talks I give in 2014 (twelve is too many), but am always open to inter­est­ing offers and oppor­tu­ni­ties, so please get in touch if you’re organ­is­ing an event.

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