Font Combinator update – Sharing!

The Web Font Combinator Share feature

I’m proud to announce that I’ve made a much needed update to the Font Combinator – it now lets you share the combinations that you come up with.

When you’ve come up with a combination that you like, just click on the “Share!” link at the bottom of the controls. You will then be given a long URL that you can send to others, or you can copy the shortened version of the URL as well.

Go check it out!

A known limitation at the moment is that if you hide an element, that change isn’t reflected in the URL.

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I’m retiring Ligatures.js

Just a quick post to let people know that I’m retiring ligatures.js – my little script that substituted in ligatures on web pages. I’m leaving it up for posterity, but I don’t recommend that people use it moving forward.

Why? I think it makes a lot more sense to use the text-rendering: optimizeLegibility; CSS declaration. It’s more future friendly, and avoids some of the pitfalls that my javascript solution presented. It’s not without it’s own issues – read more about it.

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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.

Hmmm…

Would that be of interest to anyone else?

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