> Specifically about what?
I’d like to gather information in order to write articles to help developers and beginners to focus on the priority issues. Everything concerning typography (nothing specific yet) would interest me.
Thanks @chriscoyier (I really like what you do :) )
Chris mentioned Jessica Hische’s article “Talking Type” which is a fantastic read but I also recommend reading this section about Webtype’s Reading Edge Series.
+ A good question to ask yourself is, are they truly optimized for the web?
A: Research manual hinting (aka delta hinting) vs auto hinting. This is why majority of Google’s webfonts lack quality. I wish there were more articles on this from Webtype because they seem to do the best job.
A: Typekit opts for JS and states why CSS alone is bad, although I’ve never had trouble with some of their arguments and prefer a CSS solution. Article.
+ Does it matter how many I use?
A: Absolutely because this puts a damper on page loading and requests.
+ Should I test them?
A: Without a doubt. I notice most people choose webfonts based off of the distributors image previews. Those image previews are meant to look beautiful. So just like you would test a website on multiple platforms and browsers, you should do the same for webfonts. It will ultimately save you time.
Some distributors offer a free 30-day period to allow for testing. If you need more time or want to speed up your test phases, I would look into purchasing a plan from Typecast.
+ Opentype features in CSS3 `font-feature-settings` (kerning, stylesets, common ligatures, discretionary ligatures, true small caps, old-style numerals, lining numerals, swashes and many more). There are numerous articles on this.
Note: My knowledge in this area isn’t that great as I’m still learning more about them myself.
+ Why ems?
Once again thank you Chris for the time you took to answer. I’ll study this very thoroughly. You’ve definitely replied beyond all my expectations!
I think developers often don’t give enough value to typography although it is an essential and very interesting aspect of websites’ creations.
Thanks for everything!
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