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.
Until display manufacturers produce affordable 200 or 300 PPI monitors, we’ll have to rely on software advances to fix these problems. 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. Those 3 attributes—font-size, line-height, line length—are inter-related.* Change one, and you may need to change at least one of the others for most people to consider the text readable.
Below is an illustration meant to demonstrate the relationships between the 3 attributes. 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.
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.
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. There will be a new release some time in the near future. Meanwhile, there are also a few ways to fix your site without having to update your cufon-yui.js. You might also want to take this opportunity to try Typekit, a hosted, @font-face-based alternative. On Windows, you may first have to copy the font file out of the Fonts folder and paste it elsewhere in order to be able to select it.
Currently only TrueType (TTF), OpenType (OTF), Printer Font Binary (PFB) and PostScript fonts are supported. 10 Principles For Readable Web Typography. The Elements of Typographic Style Applied to the Web. CSS Typography Reference Sheet. 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".
This is the reference I use when making web pages and I expect you will find it useful too. If you are new to web design, maybe you are thinking: "Why I have to limit to that small set of fonts? If you want to know how the fonts are displayed in other OS's or browsers than yours, after the table you can find several screen shots of this page in different systems and browsers. The list First, a few introductory notes: The names in grey are the generic family of each font. 1 Georgia and Trebuchet MS are bundled with Windows 2000/XP and they are also included in the IE font pack (and bundled with other MS applications), so they are quite common in Windows 98 systems. 5 These fonts work in Safari but only when using the normal font style, and not with bold or italic styles.
sIFR Generator. sIFR lite. "It auto-detects the text color of elements!
" nce upon a time some really good web developers created sIFR. Their goal was to seamlessly convert HTML headlines into nice fonts. Well, these developers did a great job getting it to work nicely. Looking at their code, I decided I would create a "lite" version of sIFR using a more object-oriented approach. sIFR Lite is a bit easier to read, and more intuitive to use. The only drawbacks are that it is currently unproven on a large scale in the real world. Tested in current versions of Safari, FireFox, FireFox Mac, Camino, IE, and Opera How is this different than the original sIFR?
It is smaller. Just Give Me The Code! If you want to dive right in and figure it out for yourself, you can download sIFR Lite right now! Basic Usage Creating a new font This will create a new font object that will target all h3 tags by default. Applying a font to its default target elements gothic.replace() Applying a font to alternative target elements. Facelift Image Replacement. 50 Useful Design Tools For Web Typography. Advertisement Typography is elegant when it is attractive and communicates the designer’s ideas.
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).
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. On the other hand, you can de-emphasize by using smaller font size. 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.