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Badman3k
01-28-2005, 03:10 PM
I can't remember whether I'm remembering this correctly, but I recall that there is a method available that allows you to use any font and then distribute it with the website, so anyone whom doesn't have the font installed, will still be able to use the font.

I'd say that it's not possible, otherwise everyone would be using it. However I was wondering if you'd clear the issue up for me.

Is it possible to have the .ttf file stored in a directory on the server and then use css to use font-family: directory/font_to_use.ttf; and thus access the font file from the server, rather than the user's computer?

Anyway, any information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.

(I wasn't sure which forum to put this in, but I figured that it was HTML and CSS related)

ronaldb66
01-28-2005, 03:35 PM
I must say I know rather little about this subject; I do know that there are some possibilities, but support is sketchy and incomplete, which is primarily why hardly anybody's making any attempts.

It definitely is not possible using CSS you described.

Okay, I did a little googling (try "embedded fonts"):
There are basically two systems: OpenType (Microsoft) and TrueDoc (Netscape? Mozilla?). You may want to read this (http://www.tijs.org/embed/) and this (http://webmonkey.wired.com/webmonkey/design/fonts/tutorials/tutorial2.html) (sorry, too lazy to type real titles); both not very fresh, which indicates the current state of affairs.

Sayonara
01-28-2005, 03:55 PM
If you are using a server that has PHP installed, you might consider Dynamic Text Replacement (http://www.alistapart.com/articles/dynatext/).

BroChris
01-28-2005, 04:11 PM
I've used the Microsoft's OpenType method (since IE is still the most popular browser) which seems to be easier than TrueDoc. You can see the results on this site: bill-duncan.com (http://www.bill-duncan.com). If a visitor doesn't use IE and doesn't have Flat Brush font installed, then they will see Comic Sans. It's not ideal, but it works.

Sayonara
01-28-2005, 04:15 PM
If a visitor doesn't use IE and doesn't have Flat Brush font installed, then they will see Comic Sans. It's not ideal, but it works.
Yuk. You make them read the devil's own font for not using IE? :D



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