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Employing custom fonts... right now!!!

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September 13, 2009 6:00 AM

Microsoft Cambridge

Microsoft Cambridge

We've all spent our time toiling over sIFR, coercing it to work with our .swf's, in all browsers and in other languages. But we now have Facelift and Cufón, which put sIFR to shame in performance and implementation ease.

Meanwhile, the @font-face standard is in all the latest browsers. But a hot debate surrounds the use of 'naked' typefaces on the web. Proposals such as webOTF and EOT-Lite have been pitched, and commercial solutions such as TypeKit and Typotheque promise to solve the issue for a small fee. So if you're sick being limited to Verdana and Arial, this inevitably leads to the question:

How can I use a custom font in my god-damned webpage?!?

We've got you covered. In this talk we'll discuss:

  • How to employ these various techniques to get your font working cross-browser... and performant
  • A feature and performance summary of the available techniques
  • How to protect the typeface data
  • The state of font licensing, and how to get font foundries to let you use their work affordably
  • How to communicate to clients on this issue and get them on your side
  • Where the webfont debate is now and what it means to you
  • What about these implementations will be a pain in the ass for the next few years

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