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    unusual or usual fonts

    I'm puzzled about styling for uncommon fonts. I would assume nearly everyone's browser would have to use the fonts already on the local machine, and therefore if we style with a font that's usually absent the fallback fonts in a stack would be the norm and therefore we should judge layouts based on the fallback fonts and their character widths, x-heights, and so on, not on the unusual fonts. But apparently many designers use unusual fonts, with some font designers licensing very unusual fonts for website use, so I must be not understanding a point. I don't want to force a user or a host to install a font for the sake of my websites, either automatically or manually. Should we really design for a font that maybe one or two machines in a hundred have? Shouldn't we rely on the boring but commonplace fonts almost everyone has and rely on non-font-face techniques to enhance a site? If I like a rare font, how could users without it get to use it?


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    WDF Staff mlseim's Avatar
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    You can render fonts on anyone's browser by using JQuery (javascripting).

    Many WordPress sites display odd fonts by using plugins that utilize various methods.

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    Senior Member breno's Avatar
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    You can import any font you desire through a couple of lines of CSS code for eg:

    @import url(; <---this imports a font from google fonts

    @font-face {
    font-family: Nirmala UI;
    src: url('fonts/Nirmala.ttf'); <--- this font here I have inside a folder on the server.

    Haven't had any issues of the fonts parsing on any browser or platform as such that I know of.
    For the mobile conscience though, you could have within the media query to display a more common font for bandwidth sake if your inclined, which wouldn't really take much to implement. Just some thoughts.

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