The new kid on the block, web fonts

While this pretty much will not affect you it isn’t a bad idea, in this case, to have a little knowledge. I’ve written before about typefaces and how you might use a certain typeface or font (same thing in this conversation) for a document only to find when the document is opened on someone else’s computer the typeface defaults to Courier. That’s because the other computer does not have the typeface on it’s system. The web works in a similar way, a web page, ideally, will use a typeface that is likely on the viewer’s system. If the viewer does not have the typeface the text will default into again, the dreaded Courier, Arial or something like that. The only way to get around it was to treat text as if it is an image, that is until now. With the introduction of web fonts and web font services any typeface can be used for any web page. The typeface is temporarily downloaded via the web browser to the page, never being loaded onto your system, so the page can be viewed as intended. It also makes the text searchable and can easily be edited. The typefaces live out on the web on servers and are managed by web font services available by subscription.


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