There are a bevy of tools in the typography-savvy web designer’s toolbox these days. No longer are we tied down by the age-old web safe font list; now, we actually have choices when it comes to setting & styling live type on the web. Of course, there are still issues with those using old browsers, but their punishment is dose after dose of Times, Arial and so forth.
Allow me to run down the current choices for designers & developers when it comes to live fonts on the web. Some of these are free; some are paid; some are easier to implement than others. It’s up to you to make the choice as to which tool is best for you and your project, but I’ll share my opinions throughout. If I missed any that you use on the regular, let me know in the comments! *note: each title and image links to the service’s website.
This CSS3 selector is probably the most widely-used tool for font-embedding today. It’s super easy to implement, and you can use any open-source font whose license allows for font-embedding.
Essentially, you upload the font to your server and link to it within your CSS file. For what it’s worth, I almost exclusively use FontSquirrel’s @font-face tools, which include kits and generators. If you’re overwhelmed by the amount of choice when it comes to @font-face fonts, check out the 10 Best @font-face Fonts.
This service from Google is even easier than @font-face to implement, although their list of available fonts isn’t so big (yet). It’s a similar idea to @font-face, but you don’t have to host the font on your server. You just throw in one line of code in your HTML and define the font in your CSS. That’s it.
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