View Full Version : Font question

09-20-2007, 06:47 PM
I would like to use a font called Baskerville, this is not a default font found on the system. Do this mean that if a person is looking at my website and doesnt have that font installed the font will be replaced by a default system font like geneva or other? are they solution for this special fonts?(aside from using images...)

09-20-2007, 06:55 PM
Yes, that's right. In CSS you can also define the alternate fonts:

font-family: "Lucida Grande", helvetica, arial, sans-serif;

In this case, if Lucida Grande isn't available the browser will try Helvetica, then Arial, and finally, the browser's default sans-serif font.

You can also use SIFR (http://novemberborn.net/sifr3), which uses Flash and Javascript to dynamically replace fonts with Flash substitutes. It's very slick and stays accessible as well, although it can get resource-intensive if you overdo it. I use it on my personal site (http://richardmedek.com) (to use ITC Kabel for headlines) as well as a lot of others.

Hope this helps…

09-20-2007, 07:07 PM
yes thank you i will look at SIFR

09-20-2007, 07:20 PM
This SIFR looks maybe good but i really dont understand its mechanism , could you explain me in a few lines the steps to make it work?

09-20-2007, 07:25 PM
Essentially you load up your font a Flash movie, include the SIFR .js and .swf, and add extra rules in your CSS. The documentation and FAQs are here: