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Safari 3.1 introduces web fonts for all

Apple have released Safari 3.1 for Win­dows and OS X (and Lin­ux using Wine) today, and the fea­ture that real­ly stood out for me was the intro­duc­tion of web fonts. Web­site mak­ers have been bound to the same core fonts for years now, so sud­den­ly hav­ing a huge palette to choose from is going to make an enor­mous difference!

Using them is pret­ty easy. First you have to declare the fonts using the @font-face rule — and, impor­tant­ly, you have to declare each vari­ant (weight, style, etc) indi­vid­u­al­ly by link­ing to the font file involved. You can’t just link to the direc­to­ry and let the brows­er work out the vari­ants. To see what I mean, take a look at this exam­ple (using Safari 3.1, of course!) and view the source to see the CSS involved.

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You can start using HTML 5 right now!

There’s an inter­est­ing post on at the moment, decry­ing the speed of imple­men­ta­tion for HTML 5 and CSS 3 and sug­gest­ing Flash/AIR as a bet­ter alter­na­tive. I com­plete­ly dis­agree with it, but it’s inter­est­ing nonethe­less. HTML 5 in par­tic­u­lar comes in for heavy crit­i­cism as it’s per­ceived that its adop­tion will take too long.

But, as the title of this post makes clear: you can start using HTML 5 right now!

Well, you can’t real­ly — but with Opera and Safari, you can at least pre­tend to while you get used to the syntax.

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video element support in browsers

Fire­fox has exper­i­men­tal sup­port. Opera has exper­i­men­tal sup­port. And now, Webkit has exper­i­men­tal sup­port. The new HTML5 <video> ele­ment is get­ting sup­port from a large part of the brows­er market.

Accord­ing to the spec, User agents should sup­port Ogg The­o­ra video and Ogg Vor­bis audio, as well as the Ogg con­tain­er for­mat; Fire­fox and Opera do so native­ly, while Webkit does so with a plu­g­in for Quick­time (see

Accord­ing to my site stats — which are very far from being rep­re­sen­ta­tive — rough­ly 60% of my vis­i­tors use one of the three browsers men­tioned above; that’s a pret­ty big poten­tial mar­ket. And remem­ber, what the geeks use now, every­body will use in a year or two.



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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