October 02, 2010

September 2010 Meeting Report:
The @font Tag

At the first meeting of this season, we looked at techniques for avoiding the limitations of web-safe fonts. Generally, we can't use a particular font on a webpage unless we have confidence that users have the font on their computers.

We reviewed some font replacement techniques that have their own limitations. We then looked at the @font tag, which allows the web developer to upload fonts to the server to be downloaded by the user with the page itself. The obvious limitation is that one has to have the rights to use a font in that manner, and the tag can be tricky to use across browsers.

Some sites about @font that might be of interest are:We also looked at a site suggested by Don Arrowsmith for checking on browser compatibility for new web technologies like CSS3 and HTML5: When can I use....

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