One can dream: CSS3 Ligatures

CSS3 Font Ligatures – the w3c draft spec.

It’s part of the draft specification for CSS3, but I can’t find any information on browser support. I’m guessing that right now it’s not supported by any browser yet.

As far as I can tell, the only way to get ligatures on the web right now would be to use HTML replacements, like you find here. This is obviously not preferred from either an accessibility perspective, or an SEO one.

I wonder: would a javascript solution work? After page load, have the script look for strings with replacement ligatures available and substitute them? That would be tricky, based on which ligatures are available in a given font.


Would that be of interest to anyone else?

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Web fonts go mobile – Google Web Fonts

Web fonts go mobile – Google Web Fonts.

So many things have become clear lately regarding Google Web Fonts. First and foremost, with the release of iOS 4.2, iOS devices now support TTF fonts in addition to SVG fonts. Which means – yes, Google Fonts will work on your iPhone or iPad (yipee!).

Another new development – new fonts! They are also sortable!

The new arrivals:

  1. Allerta
  2. Allerta Stencil
  3. Bentham
  4. Cousine
  5. Puritan
  6. UnifrakturMaguntia

Of the new fonts, my favorite is UnifrakturMaguntia. It is a really well done Black letter fonts. It’s only flaw that I can see is that the uppercase “B” and “V” are the same. I don’t know if that’s intentional or not.

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New Google Web Fonts

Apparently Google is adding new fonts to their font directory fast and furious. There were originally 19 fonts on launch, and there are now 25 fonts, plus new alternate weights on Josefin Sans. The new additions are:

  1. Arvo
  2. Cuprum
  3. Josefin Slab
  4. Neucha
  5. PT Sans
  6. Philosopher

I’m really impressed with the range of weights available with Josefin Sans – you can do some very refined work with those fonts. I can’t wait to see what folks out there do.

EDIT: Has anyone else noticed that most Google Web Fonts now suddenly work on the iPad? Still no love for the iPhone – I’m not sure why that is. There are also a few fonts – like most of these new ones- that don’t work yet.

EDIT (5/12): As of iOS 4.2 (late November 2010), Google Web Fonts work well on both the iPad and iPhone. See the comments below.

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