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Google font directory

  • # May 19, 2010 at 2:58 pm

    Google announced today a the new Google Font Directory. Does anyone have initial thoughts? It appears to have some connection to TypeKit. What I’m wondering is this: So far the reason I do not use @font-face is that most font render horribly in browsers on Windows XP. Will the fonts on the Google Font Directory be any better for this than those I was getting from font squirrel?

    Edit: Here’s a screenshot from Firefox 3.6 on XP (via Adobe BrowserLab). Ugh. Looks like @font-face will continue to be held back by XP.

    # May 19, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    I’m on XP at the office here and all of the fonts look fine to me.

    # May 19, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    I believe the issue is that XP does not have ClearType enabled by default. If it has been enabled the fonts look fine. Certainly I have tried viewing pages with font-face from my own copy of XP and had terrible results similar to the above screenshot.

    # May 20, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    I’m using their Nobile font on my site which looks great, but the ampersands have all dropped out… when I make the font weight bold they reappear, but I don’t want bold text.

    I’m using the proper &… Back to Lucida Grande and Verdana I guess. :cry:

    Anyone else encounter this? Am I doing something wrong?

    # May 22, 2010 at 8:09 am

    If it’s in the bold but not regular version of the font it may well be that the ampersand character has been missed out by mistake/stripped out by mistake. Won’t be anything you’re doing wrong.

    # May 28, 2010 at 3:29 am

    What’s weird is on Mac FF/Safari the ampersand is there, on IE it’s not… shocking: IE sucks yet again.

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