Typekit Web Fonts

Introducing Typekit, an iTunes-for-fonts on the web that allows you to have rich typography in your designs and pages without resorting to flash or image hacks. (Old time readers will remember my yellow design which used Dante, the original WordPress logo font, and generated-image titles.) Typekit takes advantage of the current and upcoming browser support for embedded fonts and abstracts away all of the complications thereof like Feedburner did for feeds. Brought to you by my friends at Small Batch, previously of Adaptive Path, Measure Map, Start, and Wikirank fame. The people building the web have been waiting for this.

8 replies on “Typekit Web Fonts”

Ugh. Javascript? Yuck. Better to simply get your own fonts and use @font-face in your CSS instead.

I also don’t care for the idea of a central repository for fonts. Whatever happened to the open idea of the web?

This means that most phones and some computers still won’t see the pages as they’re meant to be seen. There’s no better way to do this?

I thought there was a cross browser problem where FF supports one type format and IE supports their own.

HTML 5 may fix this but only if browsers are upgraded…. probably best to put your special text in images and content in a standard font.

Well also WP already had or has a plugin to generate Permalink text in headlines using GD and an Uploaded font… that is reasonable

Other then that learn flash or something heh

There is a cross browser issue with web fonts, in that IE only supports OpenType (an odd name, since it’s a font with DRM embedded in it, but hey, that’s Microsoft for you), while everybody else supports TrueType fonts. But this is easily solved by simply including both of the font types in the CSS, then letting the browser pick the one it can use. This works just fine, there’s no need for javascript detection and such.

I’ve been using Typekit for some time and it is brilliant. Until every browser supports @font-face it will be my choice of font replacement =)

Comments are closed.