Google offers free webfonts that easily link into your site - great webdesign tool

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Google offers free webfonts that easily link into your site - great webdesign tool

Sick of using the usual arial, verdana or Times new Roman fonts on your website? Google is about to unleash 18 new fonts that you can use on your site easily and free.

The state of the art in Web typography just a few years ago consisted of relying on a short list of "Web fonts" common to nearly every platform.

Anything fancier required replacing text with images, which looked great but hampered usability, especially for those with disabilities. More advanced techniques came along, but they involved replacing the text with Flash or SVG graphics instead of static images.

This week's announcement from Google, however, removes quite a bit of friction for designers wishing to use additional typefaces. The 18 typefaces, many of which include several weights and styles, were assembled by Google and are provided at no cost for designers to freely use. Google hosts the font files on its servers, and provides a very simple API for including support in designs. The API allows designers and developers to request specific fonts and styles, and will return browser-specific CSS and font files for maximum compatibility.

This site has an overview of some of the great fonts. http://arstechnica.com/web/...

and here is the simple api to include them into your site.

 http://code.google.com/apis...

I am looking forward to using them and on this site :-)
By netchicken: posted on 22-5-2010








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