Web Font Service preview

17 Jul 2009 - 10:29am
7 years ago
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Peter Bilak

I thought I’d share something we’ve been working on for months now.

It is a web font-embedding system which is based on W3C standards and
provides a secure, reliable way to use fonts whose files are hosted on
a global network of servers. When you buy a font license you will be
able to create embeddable fonts. Simply enter the URL(s) where the
font will be used and the languages to be supported, and the system
instantly generates a short block of CSS code. Paste the code into
your website, and you are ready to start using the font. You will not
work with actual font files, but with the CSS code linking to the font
files. For most browsers TTF subsets are used, for Internet Explorer,
fonts are converted to EOT format on the fly.

Part of the project was to define which glyphs all of our 100
supported languages exactly use. Say, I use our font 'Fedra Sans
Pro', with over 2,000 glyphs, which is over 500k. When you choose to
use English only, it will remove all the Greek, Cyrillic and Extended
Latin, OpenType features (besides the ones that are currently
supported by browsers) and make a font that is only 30k. Users can
define as many languages they want, but of course the size of the
font inflates with every additional language.

Here is a sample:

Known issues: In Safari, Arabic will work. Opera 10 and Firefox 3.5
require AAT fonts for word shaping on Mac OSX. In Windows, all
scripts should work fine (Latin, Greek, Cyrillic, Arabic).

More information about the system is here

We plan to launch the service later this summer. If you are
interested to test drive the system in coming weeks, drop me an email
to (peter AT typotheque DOT com).


20 Jul 2009 - 8:56am
Jiri Mocicka

Hi Petre,
Really good article. Actually I follow you on typotheqe for a while.
I like the general idea and also following typographic rules online.

Would be great to see a part of this css code how actually link the
typeface as well as know how it works with traffic? I have been using
sIFR with fonts from Font Smith and it works. This is different and
more efficient way.

Thanks for article

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