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Cool titles/headings on website

Posted on 2010-09-14
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Last Modified: 2012-05-10
Does anyone know how http://activeden.net/ manages to use a custom font for their headings such as:

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It's not cufon because that cannot be selected and its not flash.. so how are they doing this?

Anyone know the technique?
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Expert Comment

ID: 33670329
All current browsers support loading fonts via css from a web server. It's a bit different how the font has to be supplied to each browser (server side), and there are of course licensing issues.

Google provides the Google Font API (http://code.google.com/webfonts) which allows of embedding from a list of open source fonts easily using this technique.
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Expert Comment

ID: 33670356
It looks to be complicated CSS.

Author Comment

ID: 33670964
is there a tutorial on how to do this?

The Google path looks good but I want to use my own fonts and don't want to refer to a third party CSS file
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ID: 33670969
Ever heard of @font-face? The problem with @font-face being that not all browsers are equal. But for a quickfix: http://www.fontsquirrel.com/ has a large list of fonts that are legal to use as embedded fonts, as well as a generator to generate a css file and required font-formats based on your own ttf file (just make sure it's legal to do so).
Here's a more detailed explanation of the process:

Expert Comment

ID: 33671257
With Google, you use your own css but you can only use the hosted fonts of google.

Author Comment

ID: 33678444
Why is there a ¿ in the font face code??
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Expert Comment

ID: 33680350
I read up on this a long time ago, but following the links through the whole mess I found back the relevant info here: http://paulirish.com/2010/font-face-gotchas/#smiley

In short, it is there to make the correct version of your font is loading from your own website and doesn't accidentally get polluted by the local font-cache of the machine it is being rendered on.

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