Advancing Web Typography

Thursday 29 October, 10:40 (40 minutes)

John Daggett, Software Engineer, Mozilla Japan
Jonathan Kew, , Mozilla

Typography on the web often boils down to the use of CSS font properties to control text layout using a small set of universally available fonts. We will discuss how basic CSS font properties work, the font matching process and differences across platforms and browsers. The use of downloadable fonts has the potential to dramatically change the typographic landscape on the web. We will discuss the CSS @font-face downloadable font mechanism and the state of current implementations, touching briefly on the associated font license conundrum. Proposals for adding better typographic controls to CSS will also be discussed.