web fonts

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WEB fonts display

We have a font that we created in FontLab Studio 5 and is generated as OTF for use in MS Word and InDesign. The product's web site is getting ready to launch but they're having trouble with the display of the font on the web.

In the most recent iteration of the site, using the most recent fonts (glyphs were recently added to the font) the font displays different ways at different sizes as shown in the below screen caps. The screen caps are small, medium and large, the medium being the one that will be used as the main size on the site.

In the medium, as you can see, there are different characters that are different sizes within words. In the word "wisdom" the m clearly seems smaller as do the n, the belly of the h and the r in some of the other words.

Could you recommend web fonts that you like and that have excellent hinting for the screen?

I am interested in work-horse typefaces for body text that I can purchase the rights to use with @font-face, so that would exclude all the offerings from those wonderful subscription based services. I have found the results from type at MyFonts can be spotty, and they never say if a font has been hinted by the designer.

Feel free to suggest your own work. I am interested in expanding my knowledge of good work that is out there. Thanks very much.

Hi all,

I'm working on this minimalist bitcoin site and would like some font recommendations. I think I am happy with Oxygen Mono, which is a Google web font and is used in the tagline under the logo, the first header, the news headlines, and the copyright line.

But everything else probably needs to be changed, especially the logo font and the "Why bitcoin" paragraph in the middle of the page. I'm also considering a different font inside the quotes widget itself.

Any recommendations would be appreciated!

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I'm trying to find a web font license without pageviews tracking. So far with my search, Fontspring.com seems to be the only license available that does not require any tracking scripts to be installed with their web fonts. Does anyone know of any other foundries that do not have the required page tracking scripts in their licenses?


We are currently using a mix of Stag, Stag Sans for our materials (large type brochures, letters and Keynote presentations), as well as 'whatever is at hand' for emails and web (e.g. MS Trebuchet)

The recent availability of Stag as a 'direct' web font has opened the opportunity to unify our communications as well as look & feel. We would like, in particular to unify letters, web and email using the same font set.

I have tested Stag (headlines) + Stag Sans (body) for web and it looks quite good. However Stag Sans is still not ideal for everyday body text: punctuation a bit too tight and doesn't do numbers particularly well (e.g. for invoicing).

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Many of you are interested in issues surrounding open font licensing, so you may be interested in how the SIL Open Font License can be used in a web fonts world. There are some difficult issues, but after months of discussion with various industry representatives, we've come to some conclusions.

Nicolas Spalinger and I, the maintainers of the SIL Open Font License, have posted a draft of an update to the OFL-FAQ (1.1-update3-draft). Although there are many small clarifications and refinements from version 1.1-update2, the main addition is a greatly expanded section related to web fonts. There is also a related discussion paper on Web Fonts and Reserved Font Names that deals with those issues in even more detail. Comments and feedback are welcome.

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I was curious to hear what others think on using a display face for body text (web font)? If it renders remarkably well, is it wrong? The typeface in question is Kulturista. Click here to see it in use.

Bloomberg.com has a great family of web fonts - does anyone know what font they're using? I'm looking for a web font alternative to Akzidenz-Grotesk. Suggestions?

I am currently developing a web based game that aims to attract players from a large variety of countries. I had planned to use Lubalin Graph Bold Condensed as a headline font in my game. As I understand it, this only supports Latin characters. Can anyone explain what my options are in this case? Is it possible/ feasible to make custom characters for the languages I require? (WGL would probably be enough for me).

I'd appreciate any advice.

Hello all,

In light of yesterday's unveiling of its Macbook Pro (with Retina Display), seems like good time to restart this question:
What do you see as the future of TrueType hinting? The short-term value is obvious. I get it. I'm with you.
But when breaking out the checkbook, how do we measure the value of hinting in the context of improving rasterizers, iOS's limited appetite for hinting, screen resolution, etc.?

This is an honest question, not a statement. It's a wonderful, daunting, inspiring, confusing time of possibilities and pitfalls.
Love to read some thoughts on this, in light of Apple's news. Many thanks.

The Font Testing Page is a tool primarily intended for type designers and independent foundries. It can also be used by art directors, graphic designers, teachers and students interested in seeing how a typeface works on the web.

There is a short video at:

Operation is simple:
- First, you must accept the request from the browser.
- Then drag the font you want to try to the upper area of the Testing Page.

Below you will find 8 buttons: Headlines, Text, Lowercase Only, Adhesion Only, Caps, All Caps, Layout and Kern.
- Headlines: Displays examples: 72, 60, 48, 36 and 30 to 12.
- Text: Displays text blocks, from 20 to 10.
- Lowercase only: Displays examples of 72, 60, 48, 36, 30, 24, 18 and 16 to 10.

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