The future of displaying non-system fonts on web

9 Feb 2009 - 8:39am
6 years ago
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Martina Gobec

Hello all,

I am wondering if any of you know of existing or upcoming
technologies, which would enable display of rich typography
(non-system fonts) on websites - without the user having the
particular font installed on his computer and still preserving the
text copy+paste function?

I am already aware of sIFR:
But this technology is mostly suitable for headlines and I am
wondering if there is anything on the horizon that would bring some
extra possibilities into also displaying body text?

I am also very interested in hearing any strong arguments against it.



9 Feb 2009 - 3:45pm
Jason Ladicos
9 Feb 2009 - 11:33pm
Shimone Samuel

Hi Martina - I wrote an article on the downsides of using sIFR (even
for headlines). Please have a look as its use poses both
accessibility and usability challenges.

As for future support? At the moment there are two competing
proposals for supporting non-system fonts on the web: CSS3's @font
directive and Microsoft's proprietary EOT.

Both of those will only be available in browser's that support them.
Considering the amount of time it takes us to safely assume a majority
of the world has upgraded to a particular browser version I would say
we're 5 years off for full support and 2-3 years off for practical
progressive enhancement.

Sitepoint has a good breakdown of the issue as well:

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