Going Beyond Arial – Web Fonts Choices Just Got Awesome!
Wow, it’s about time! I mean don’t get me wrong, I really like the Arial font, it is very readable and can be used in both, professional and fancy projects but sometimes having to create a graphic for a fancy header is pretty inconvenient.
Now, finally, we don’t have to do that, thanks to who else? Google of course! They’ve released a font bank that you can CSS link to and use a font that is not installed on the user’s computers. It couldn’t be easier either, you pick a font from the not-so-big-yet Google Font Directory, get the link code add it into your page and it’s done. I am hoping that as this gets more and more popular, they will keep adding fonts to their collection.
Here is me using their Tangerine font:
This is my sentence in Tangerine!
Nothing to it, I just added this line in the header:
<link href=’http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Tangerine’ rel=’stylesheet’ type=’text/css’>
And then added the inline font style like this:
<p style=”font-family: ‘Tangerine’, arial, serif;”>
That’s all it takes. Now let’s start using this and keep our web pages file sizes down for better load times!
Want More Fonts?
Of course we do!! FontDeck.com offers a lot bigger selection of fonts for a small fee from about $6 to $12 per year. Another site is TypeKit.com and they offer a membership-based… um… membership, which will cost you $24.99 per year for a basic account and $49.99 and $99.99 for more advanced accounts. In some situations paying for a font may worth it and in others the free, Google ones, will do just fine.
There are others that are quickly jumping on the bandwagon, like Fonts.com and WebFonts.com, but their stuff is not ready yet.
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