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Getting the Hang of Hanging Punctuation. Hanging Punctuation is a powerful typographic tool for creating optically aligned bodies of text.

Getting the Hang of Hanging Punctuation

Unfortunately, it has been largely forgotten on the web … until now. We’ll take a look at the value of hanging punctuation and how you can partially implement it using a little javascript and a CSS rule which has been around for years. Word wrapping/hyphenation using CSS. — Kenneth Auchenberg. Please Stop "Fixing" Font Smoothing - The Usability Post. I wrote two posts on the topic of WebKit font smoothing before, but unfortunately the situation has grown worse since then.

Please Stop "Fixing" Font Smoothing - The Usability Post

CSS with vertical rhythm. Add and delete vertical space in measured intervals. “Headings, subheads, block quotations, footnotes, illustrations, captions and other intrusions into the text create syncopations and variations against the base rhythm of regularly leaded lines.

Add and delete vertical space in measured intervals

These variations can and should add life to the page, but the main text should also return after each variation precisely on beat and in phase.” The most common addition of vertical space on a webpage is that inserted between paragraphs. If the rhythm of the page is to be maintained, the spacing of paragraphs should be related to the basic leading. For example, the text on this page is set at 12 px with a line-height of 1.5 em, making each line 18 px in height. In order to keep the rhythm of the text, the vertical spacing between blocks should also be 18 px.

It should be noted that the default treatment by web browsers of paragraphs (and other block level elements such as blockquotes and lists) is to insert a top- and bottom-margin of 1 em. Variations in text size Headings Sidenotes Images. Talks/kerning2013/Inspiring-web-typography-you-can-do-now.pdf. Using OpenType font features with CSS 3: Part 1. The vast majority of fonts contain lowercase and uppercase alphabets, numerals, punctuation and accents.

Using OpenType font features with CSS 3: Part 1

But there can be much more to fonts than this basic set of characters. Many professionally-designed fonts also contain ligatures, alternative characters, smallcaps, different kinds of numbers, and sometimes much more besides. Discretionary ligatures in Magneta · Stylistic alternate in Raisonne · Swash alternate in Trilogy Fatface Nowadays these additional font features are all included in the same font file and accessed through OpenType, a technology jointly developed by Adobe and Microsoft in the late 1990s.

Table of Contents. Style Manual. Typeplate » A typographic starter kit encouraging great type on the Web. CSS Font-Size: em vs. px vs. pt vs. percent. One of the most confusing aspects of CSS styling is the application of the font-size attribute for text scaling.

CSS Font-Size: em vs. px vs. pt vs. percent

In CSS, you’re given four different units by which you can measure the size of text as it’s displayed in the web browser. Which of these four units is best suited for the web? It’s a question that’s spawned a diverse variety of debate and criticism. Finding a definitive answer can be difficult, most likely because the question, itself, is so difficult to answer. Meet the Units “Ems” (em): The “em” is a scalable unit that is used in web document media. So, What’s the Difference? It’s easy to understand the difference between font-size units when you see them in action. As you can see, both the em and percent units get larger as the base font-size increases, but pixels and points do not. Which font sizing is best? EM vs PX vs % - CSS-Tricks Forums. # January 15, 2012 at 6:56 pm I jumped into a discussion on another forum regarding font sizing and a couple of its members insist PX font sizing is bad.

Which font sizing is best? EM vs PX vs % - CSS-Tricks Forums

Now me, ive always used PX font sizing and have built a few sites using EM and % as well, i find them messing up my designs so have always preferred PX. On ems and rems. Posted by Scott on 07/19/2012 Topics: css.

On ems and rems

CSS Typography cheat sheet. Small roundup on CSS features that will enhance your web typography.

CSS Typography cheat sheet

Today I want to write about a few small typography enhancing features in CSS. Most of them don't seem to be inside the mainstream CSS wisdom floating around (perhaps I am just missing them constantly :(...). So I decided to give them a quick shout out so more of you guys can make use of them. Font-face irritation First I wanted to highlight a small font-face irritation I often see these days.

How to Use @font-face. For years web designers struggled with Web Typography.

How to Use @font-face

We were stuck with a small number of “web safe” fonts, seriously limiting the typographic quality of the websites we designed. For the longest time virtually the only way to use a non-web-safe font was via an image or flash – both of which are far from ideal and couldn’t let web designers do what we wanted to with our many beautiful fonts.

A New Age in Web Typography. Fixing Type Mistakes — Avoiding Faux Weights And Styles With Google Web Fonts. Advertisement Today, too many websites are still inaccessible.

Fixing Type Mistakes — Avoiding Faux Weights And Styles With Google Web Fonts

In our new book Inclusive Design Patterns, we explore how to craft flexible front-end design patterns and make future-proof and accessible interfaces without extra effort. Hardcover, 312 pages. Get the book now! Say No to Faux Bold. Browsers can do terrible things to type. If text is styled as bold or italic and the typeface family does not include a bold or italic font, browsers will compensate by trying to create bold and italic styles themselves.

The results are an awkward mimicry of real type design. In this article you’ll find ways to avoid putting the browser in this bind. Nice Web Type – How to use CSS @font-face. Code up top for quick reference, details down below—we’ll prepare typefaces for use on the web, go through @font-face CSS line-by-line, and get the experts’ take on browser support. Updated May 2010 with new syntax from Paul Irish. The CSS: The HTML: <h2>This headline is typeset in <em>your typeface</em>. </h2> Using @font-face. The @font-face rule allows custom fonts to be loaded on a webpage. Once added to a stylesheet, the rule instructs the browser to download the font from where it is hosted, then display it as specified in the CSS.

Without the rule, our designs are limited to the fonts that are already loaded on a user's computer, which vary depending on the system being used. Here's a nice breakdown of existing system fonts. Bulletproof @font-face syntax. Let me introduce you to the best way to do your @font-face definitions: This is the Fontspring @font-face syntax. I’ll circle back to why this is the best possible solution but let’s first review the other techniques’ weaknesses.

Of course, the problem at the center of this is that IE needs an .eot font, and the other browsers must take a .ttf or .otf. May 12th, 2010. If you’re looking to just put @font-face to use today, just head to FontSquirrel’s generator. Basics of Google Font API. Link to CSS files You essentially hotlink directly to CSS files on Google.com. Through URL parameters, you specificity which fonts you want, and what variations of those fonts. Hot tip: Just open that CSS file in your browser, copy and paste the contents, and put in your own CSS file. That way it's not an extra HTTP request. The New Bulletproof @Font-Face Syntax. Prototyping Responsive Typography. CSS Baseline: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly. More Meaningful Typography. Setting Type on the Web to a Baseline Grid. How to Set Up a Baseline Grid. Baseline Grid Workflow — Xavier Bertels.

Vertical Rhythm In Typography. How to Establish a Modular Typographic Scale – Design & Illustration – Tuts+ On Typography · Thoughts about Responsive Typography, Rhythm and Design. Technical Web Typography: Guidelines and Techniques. Show & Tell: A Practical Look at Choosing Type. Narrowing the Field: How To Bring Great Type Into Focus. Pumping Up Prototypes With Floats, Borders & More. Type Q&A: Steve Matteson from Monotype. SlabText – a jQuery plugin for creating big, bold & responsive headlines. Interactive Guide to Blog Typography.