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runeveryday
09-05-2010, 07:03 AM
http://www.sewweekly.com/
i want to use the same type font on the above link's site to my site .how to get that?when i do a test on my local computer,i use the same font-family as the site.but i couldn't get the same effect.thank you.

optimus203
09-05-2010, 07:07 PM
Looks like they are running some Javascript to utilize the Typekit service (http://www.typekit.com/).

VIPStephan
09-05-2010, 07:26 PM
when i do a test on my local computer,i use the same font-family as the site.but i couldn't get the same effect.

Of course not, as it will only work if you have the fonts installed (and possibly activated) on your computer – unless you use the font-face at-rule in your stylesheet and have the fonts located on a web server (AND have a license that allows you to embed these commercial fonts this way).

Obviously they are using the font-face at-rule which links to fonts stored on the typekit server which is a commercial font provider which sells licenses for the use of the fonts on specific domains only (that way you can’t just copy the CSS rules to use the fonts on your site).

Doctor_Varney
09-05-2010, 08:16 PM
Oh dear. That's annoying. They are just fonts, after all. Wouldn't it be nice to have a bit of choice. Otherwise, what's the point?

Dr. V

VIPStephan
09-06-2010, 10:22 AM
These “just fonts” have been designed and created by someone, and I can tell you, creating a good type is not a matter of minutes, you can easily sit for months to create at least 26 letters plus an endless amount of special characters and punctuation. People that create typography often have studied (type) design for several years and have a degree of some kind that entitles them to do such a job. And if they are sitting there for months, creating a complete type, they’d surely be happy to eat something in between.

Type design is creative work just as composing a piece of music or designing a website. Saying that these are “just fonts” is like (illegally) burning the music by your favorite band and saying “it’s just music”. As if it doesn’t take time to come up with ideas, practice, rehearse, record, and eventually perform it so that you can enjoy it.

Sorry if that came along a little rude but I get a little stiff when people take things for granted without thinking about them.

Doctor_Varney
09-06-2010, 12:46 PM
These “just fonts” have been designed and created by someone, and I can tell you, creating a good type is not a matter of minutes, you can easily sit for months to create at least 26 letters plus an endless amount of special characters and punctuation. People that create typography often have studied (type) design for several years and have a degree of some kind that entitles them to do such a job. And if they are sitting there for months, creating a complete type, they’d surely be happy to eat something in between.

Type design is creative work just as composing a piece of music or designing a website. Saying that these are “just fonts” is like (illegally) burning the music by your favorite band and saying “it’s just music”. As if it doesn’t take time to come up with ideas, practice, rehearse, record, and eventually perform it so that you can enjoy it.

Sorry if that came along a little rude but I get a little stiff when people take things for granted without thinking about them.

No, I don't take offence at all. As an artist myself, I am the first to appreciate this side. And I know what goes into designing and realising an entire font...

I'm sorry, I didn't exactly convey that sentiment very well, when I said "just fonts", so you are right to say that, of course.

It's just that many of the fonts we'd like to use on the web are quite available for our use in print. Bundled with everything from Serif applications to Photoshop. They've already been paid for in some form or another, so it would be rather nice if we could link to them and use them with ease.

Which leads me to think, the ones which came with our systems - you can never be sure which ones a user actually has installed - they are pretty proprietry, I would have thought. Where could I go to find free (or reasonably priced) fonts to use in my pages, that are a slight cut above the norm?

Dr. V

VIPStephan
09-06-2010, 03:52 PM
Well, using the fonts that you own through the programs you installed (like Adobe fonts through one of their products) is not a problem at all. When you print something or use a font in a Flash object or raster graphic then nobody else can obtain an exact copy of the font so there’s no harm for the creator since everybody would have to purchase a licensed copy to reproduce something with the same quality. However, the internet and HTML was originally made to be open and accessible, and you can look at the source code of any website and copy images and files (and font files fall under that category) that are used on a website at free will if you want, even though the original copyright still lies with the creator of the documents/images/whatever files.

By embedding a font on a website with CSS you publish the path to/location of the font file right in the stylesheet and this is why you can’t just embed licensed commercial fonts as anybody would be able to obtain an exact and lossless copy of the file without permission of the owner and possibly without paying them for it. It has taken the decision makers a long time to come up with a file format that allows specifying the use of a font on certain domains only (which is WOFF (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_Open_Font_Format) – web open font format) and it will take another while untill all browser vendors have implemented support of that format. This format would allow embedding since copied WOFF fonts wouldn’t work in any other place than the previously specified domain (that’s like DRM (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_rights_management) for fonts).

OK, now to your actual question: Yes, as technology has evolved the open source community has taken part in the development and many designers are friendly enough to not only provide their fonts for free but also allow CSS embedding. The best source would be Fontsquirrel (http://www.fontsquirrel.com/). Get crazy with it.

Doctor_Varney
09-06-2010, 05:09 PM
Thank you Stephan! :thumbsup: And sorry for hijacking your thread, runeveryday. I hope VIPStephan's answers have been helpful to you too. :)

Kind regards

Dr. V



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