Introducing: The Type Rendering Project

November 30th, 2009 by zoltan · 1 Comment

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Although this blog wasn’t meant to be a forum on just CSS font-embedding, it is a topic of great interest to me and has been the inspiration of a few articles here (my article on JavaScript font-smoothing detection being the latest). As a result, I have been very fortunate in meeting a lot of interesting and like-minded individuals who want to make the web a better place for typography.

One of the more vocal ones, Paul Irish, asked me to join a project that will allow developers to find ways to make web type look better right now. Other members include web font blogger Tim Brown of Nice Web Type and Ethan Dunham of the excellent font resource Font Squirrel. The result is The Type Rendering Project – we’ve set some goals and would like to open up dialogue with you to fulfill them. We’re asking for your participation, and lots of expert advice, to fulfill these intentions. If you are interested and are a Twitter user, follow us – and more importantly, tell folks you care about how type looks on websites.

Tags: @font-face · CSS · CSS3 · Fonts

1 response so far ↓
  • 1 Jonathon // Nov 16, 2010 at 3:40 am

    This is a huge issue. Everyone seems praising @font-face for being available on both desktop and mobile platforms, but there’s the small issue of it looking terrible in the browsers most people are currently using. I’ve been using cufón for headlines because, unlike sIFR, it supports everyone because it uses VML for IE and canvas technology for everyone else (including Apple’s mobile platforms). I’d rather not have to use it, though; I’d rather use @font-face because it uses native browser functionality. Unfortunately it just doesn’t look good a lot of the time.

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