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Some special chars doesn't appear using Google Fonts


The blog http://glutoniana.com is using some spanish characters (for example on a post title  "Año nuevo..." where is the "ñ" char.

A friend of mine test web on its Android tabled and the "ñ" char doesn't appear (it appear a white space on its place).

This blog is using Wordpress and the template uses some Google Fonts ( 'TitilliumText22LRegular' is the font used on these titles).

How can I make the ñ character appear on all devices?

Thank you
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Chris StanyonCommented:
Not all fonts contain all characters!

When you use Google fonts, and click on the 'Use' button, you have the option of which character sets to include (Latin, Latin Extended, Cyrillic etc.)

If the font doesn't include all possible characters, then there's nothing you can do about it.
gplanaAuthor Commented:
The character is shown well on my computer (on all browsers). Isn't it strange?

I will try what you said. Where should I configure? On the css file?
Can you give me an example? I'm a newbie on Google Fonts (the template was already made).

Thank you.
Chris StanyonCommented:
OK. Just looked at your site and you're not using Google Fonts - you are using a @font-face declaration in your CSS file (bottom of the styles.css file) to read the various formats of the font (ttf, eof, svg etc.)

I've looked at your site on Android and it's seems to be working OK for me.

The font you've used isn't particularly well designed (look closely at your site and you'll see the Spanish characters are actually a different font to the rest of the text).

It may simply be that the browser your friend is using doesn't support these additional characters from this particular font.

One thing I would do is change the way you declare your character set in the head of your page. At the moment you have this:

<meta http-equiv="content-type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />

Change it to this:

<meta charset="UTF-8">

Not sure what else you can try other than looking for a better quality font.
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gplanaAuthor Commented:
Thank you, I added the <meta charset="UTF-8" />

How can I look for a better quality font? What should I change when I found it to apply this new font instead of the old one?

Sorry, I'm a newbie about font types.

Thank you.
Chris StanyonCommented:
The problem with using the font-face declaration in your CSS is that you need the same font in 4 different formats to make sure it works in all browsers - ttf, svg, eot, and woff. The better quality fonts are usually the ones you pay for from a font library and they're not necessarily cheap.

There are tools available online to convert a ttf font into the other formats (fontsquirrel.com etc) but you have to be aware of copyright issues - you can't just convert any font. Font Squirrel have a lot of fonts available so you may find a good quality freebie there.

Managing fonts across all browser and platforms can be a little tricky if you're not careful so if you're new to using fonts, I would suggest that you start out by just using a standard web-safe font-stack in your CSS until you know things are working properly. For your headings, something like this would work:

font-family: Verdana, Geneva, sans-serif;

Forget about Google fonts, and font-face declarations for the time being. Make sure your site works the way you want it to (showing all characters across all browsers), and then think about adding fancy fonts, either by using Google Fonts (you simply add a link to the Google Fonts in the head of your document and then reference them in your CSS file), or grabbing a high-quality font set and fully testing it. As I said right at the start of this thread - not all fonts contain all characters - particularly the non-latin ones
gplanaAuthor Commented:
Great. Thanks.
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