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Old 03-20-2008, 10:51 AM   #5
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Originally Posted by dthomsen8 View Post
Web Fonts are a scary bit? Please explain how that works, or doesn't work.
It allows web developers to use CSS code (@font-face) that calls for download of a font to be used on a page. An article by Hakon Lie at A List Apart discusses it, taking an optimistic view.

It won’t work with commercial fonts (from Adobe, Linotype, Emigre, et al). But some independent font makers do permit it, including Ray Larabie, Dieter Steffmann, and a few others.

It gets scary in many ways. Type designers and foundries are afraid that some people could make commercial fonts available for download. They would probably need to take steps to prevent that from happening, a la music sharing a few years ago.

But people reading a site that called for a perfectly legal font download might object for dozens of reasons. I do not like having stuff downloaded to my system (if that is what’s happening — I am not clear on that). The odds of these fonts being decorative or surprising-looking are pretty good (most free fonts are display fonts, not text). One of the blessings of having only a handful of cross-platform “web” fonts is that we are seldom shocked.

Fonts are not huge, but this practice will make heavier page downloads; not sure most hosts will appreciate that.

Others can raise the other objections that I have overlooked, or you can search for them on the web.

How would you like having @font-face? (Anyway, guess you can, now, with Safari.

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