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The Ails Of Typographic Anti-Aliasing. Advertisement As printed typography enjoys the fruits of high-DPI glory, proudly displaying its beautiful curves and subtleties, its on-screen counterpart remains stifled by bulky pixels, living in a world of jagged edges, distorted letterforms and trimmed serifs.

The Ails Of Typographic Anti-Aliasing

Until display manufacturers produce affordable 200 or 300 PPI monitors, we’ll have to rely on software advances to fix these problems. Enter anti-aliasing: the next best thing to a world of higher-resolution monitors. The concept of anti-aliasing is fairly simple: add semi-transparent pixels along the edges of letterforms to smooth the appearance of the “stair-step” effect. The Optimal Line Length Principle Applied to Web Design.

Jun 16, 2009; Category: CSS, Design/Development; Tags: CSS, Design/Development; 6 Comments The other day I pointed out some of the differences between web design and print design. It started me thinking about some of the things I learned as a print designer that are also applicable to web design. One of the most useful is the Principle of Optimal Line Length. It states that, for any given font-size of a multiple-line block of type (like a paragraph), there is a range of line lengths and line-heights that most people consider easily readable. Px - em - % - pt - keyword. Keyword Valid options for setting font-size in keyword are xx-small, x-small, small, medium, large, x-large, and xx-large as well as relative keywords smaller and larger.

px - em - % - pt - keyword

Surprisingly enough, keyword sizing is pretty consistent across browsers and platforms. See below a test page in Opera, Firefox, IE 6, and Safari: Note that although the they are pretty close, there are differences in where the lines break and total paragraph height. Cufón - fonts for the people. UPDATE Oct 24: We have released version 1.09i, which is the same as 1.09 but IE9-compatible. 1.10 is on its way as well.

cufón - fonts for the people

Keep in mind that you do not need to convert your font files again, just replace your old cufon-yui.js with a new one and you're good to go. As it currently stands, version 1.09 does not work in IE9 beta which was just released. Just in case it doesn't work in the final version either, we've implemented a fix in the latest development version. 10 Principles For Readable Web Typography.

Advertisement by Matt Cronin Readability is one of the more important aspects of Web design usability.

10 Principles For Readable Web Typography

Readable text affects how users process the information in the content. The Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web. CSS Typography Reference Sheet. This Reference Sheet was created to emphasize the many options available within CSS, particularly for Typography. So, what are you waiting for, get creative with your headlines!

The page is split into three: CSS Typography Property Table, Web Safe Fonts Table and CSS Typography Value Conversion Table. Hope this helps. You can download this Reference Sheet in the following formats: PNG or PDF. Common fonts to all versions of Windows & Mac equivalents. Last updated: 2008/06/03 Return to the main page Introduction Here you can find the list with the standard set of fonts common to all versions of Windows and their Mac substitutes, referred sometimes as "browser safe fonts".

Common fonts to all versions of Windows & Mac equivalents

sIFR Generator. sIFR lite. "It auto-detects the text color of elements!

sIFR lite

" nce upon a time some really good web developers created sIFR. Their goal was to seamlessly convert HTML headlines into nice fonts. Facelift Image Replacement. Looking for FLIR (Facelift Image Replacement)?

Facelift Image Replacement

You’re in the right place. I created the web font polyfill known as FLIR to be an alternative to sIFR, however, it is no longer needed and is effectively dead. 50 Useful Design Tools For Web Typography. Advertisement Typography is elegant when it is attractive and communicates the designer’s ideas.

50 Useful Design Tools For Web Typography

When chosen wisely and used carefully, it can be very effective in supporting the overall design. Designers are always exploring different techniques with type: some use images or sIFR to produce very beautiful typography, while others prefer CSS alone to get the typography just right. Today, we will look at 50 most useful typographic tools, techniques and resources for creating effective and expressive designs. We will also look at some hands-on typography tools that help designers and developers learn how to style their Web content, test it interactively and see the changes instantly. Typeface.js. Typographic Contrast and Flow. As you have probably know, most online readers don't read line by line, instead they scan (from one point to another).

Typographic Contrast and Flow

For this reason, designers create typographic contrast and flow by emphasizing certain text. Contrast is important because not all the content within a page have the same value, some have greater significance than the others. By creating contrast, you can direct the reader's attention to the important messages and at the same time enhance the visual appearance.

Here are seven basic methods on how you can create typographic contrast. 1. Larger font size indicate higher priority because it draws reader's attention, therefore this method is commonly applied on headings. 8 Definitive Web Font Stacks [Design Tips & Tricks] “Web design is 95% typography.” – Oliver Reichenstein “Typography is not ‘picking a cool font.’” – Jeff Croft “Typography is … about shaping text for optimal reading experience.” – Oliver Reichenstein Over the last few months, I’ve spent more time than I intended on exploring the whole idea of fonts and typography for the Web.