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Unlocking OpenType features with CSS

It’s great that we now have a huge range of fonts to choose from, thanks to the wide­spread imple­men­ta­tion of @font-face, but typog­ra­phy on the web is still behind oth­er media. Many Open­Type fonts come with a range of alter­nate char­ac­ters which can be accessed using var­i­ous soft­ware pack­ages, but aren’t avail­able to web browsers. Or rather, they weren’t. There’s a new CSS prop­er­ty which unlocks these spe­cial char­ac­ters, and that’s what I’m going to explain in this post.

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Choosing the right type for your website

As I get ready to kick off a cou­ple of per­son­al web projects, I’ve been read­ing Enric Jar­dí‘s book, Twen­ty two tips on typog­ra­phy*, a primer on what works and what does­n’t in typography.

Although Jar­dí main­ly works on type for print, most of the rules also apply to type for the web. In this arti­cle I’m going to high­light five of his tips which are use­ful in decid­ing upon the right type for a project.

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HTML 5, CSS 3, DRM & fonts

I’m at home with the flu at the moment, so tak­ing the oppor­tu­ni­ty to un-star some items in Google Read­er; this post is a link-dump with a lit­tle added comment.

A few of them have been in my favourites for a cou­ple of months, so apolo­gies if you’ve seen them already.

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An alternative suggestion for web fonts licensing

Fol­low­ing the recent push by Microsoft and Ascen­der to revive the EOT for­mat for web fonts, debate has raged over the pros and cons of the two main alter­na­tives: embed­ding and link­ing. Richard Rut­ter came up with the idea to license fonts on a month­ly pay­ment basis, with the font being served from the sup­pli­er’s serv­er (or a trust­ed alternative).

I think there are a num­ber of poten­tial prob­lems of prac­ti­cal­i­ty with that approach, many of which have been raised in the com­ments. As a con­tri­bu­tion to the debate, I would like to offer the fol­low­ing suggestion:

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EOT as a new standard: too late?

Microsoft are try­ing to get peo­ple inter­est­ed in the old EOT embed­ded font for­mat by sub­mit­ting it to the W3C as an open stan­dard. Font foundry Ascen­der Cor­po­ra­tion are behind them. I think this would­n’t be an issue now if Microsoft had sub­mit­ted this as an open stan­dard five years ago, but that it may be too late now that their rivals are going down the route of font link­ing.


Web typography at its best

A real­ly nice exam­ple of how a site can look stun­ning despite being built with­out the use of images and with only a sin­gle font (and Times New Roman at that!): Seed Con­fer­ence. Just amazing.

Bonus Update: Jeff Croft’s Typog­ra­phy: Beyond the Font [PDF]


Aside

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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