DWWS 3e mini-site updates

Designing With Web Standards, 3rd Edition

The new mini-site for the 3rd Edition of Designing With Web Standards has been updated, with additional information about the substantially revised web standards guidebook, and with tweaks to the CSS which, one hopes, now bring embedded web font goodness to Internet Explorer users, as well as our friends on Safari, Firefox, and Opera. We love the smell of Franklin in the morning.

Short URL: zeldman.com/x/60

22 thoughts on “DWWS 3e mini-site updates

  1. Wait a minute! How has nobody been talking about this yet? How did you license Franklin?? I see your initials and “Pro” in the OTF file name … does the font file have David’s permissions table built in? Did you license it custom from Font Bureau, or can anyone buy for use with @font-face (I can’t find a EULA from FB’s ITC Franklin page)?

  2. Ok, found the EULA once I added ITC Franklin to my cart, but nothing about @font-face. Is there a specific way to add it to my cart such that a license with @font-face will show up?

  3. I have the same burning interest in how you were able to license the Franklin to use it as @fontface…

    Maybe another blog entry about that in the near future?

  4. You will soon be able to purchase web-licensed fonts directly from Font Bureau’s online store. You can’t do that quite yet. I pulled some strings. Okay, I begged. And some Polaroids might have been involved.

    Kidding aside, you will be able to buy web-licensed fonts directly from Font Bureau’s online store soon. Presumably, other major and minor font design companies are gearing up for this as well.

  5. Well, wow. Awesome!

    So just playing devil’s advocate here. I was able to download your copy of Franklin. It’s an OTF file. I just popped it into Fontcase and had no trouble. I could presumably stick it into my own CSS and use it on my own website.

    Is Font Bureau going to have people scouring the CSS of many websites, looking for this file? How will they protect it now that it’s loose?

  6. I was able to download your copy of Franklin. It’s an OTF file. I just popped it into Fontcase and had no trouble. I could presumably stick it into my own CSS and use it on my own website.

    Well, this is precisely the reason Microsoft has only supported EOT (not TrueType or OpenType) fonts with @font-face. It’s the reason font designers have been scared of web fonts. And it’s the reason people are so interested in middleman platforms like Typekit, which obscure the font so it can’t be found and used (or at least, not by mere mortals).

    Meantime, we’re looking into simple non-disruptive options to hide the font.

  7. I’ll probably be finally adding this book to my collection, purely for reference and a good “Zeldman” read :) Can’t say I’m a fan of the pixelated head on the cover though.

  8. I am looking forward to the new edition; can’t wait. Thanks for your hard work and dedication. =)

  9. Actually Franklin on Firefox 3.5/Windows (cleartype enabled) looks just plain awful. Will be a constant problem in the future I guess/fear. Why do you use a font that does not work on a major OS (I guess Franklin looks better on OSX)? I feel like a Linux user which frequently have (or maybe had) problems with fonts.

    After watching Mark Boultons excellent presentation at @media in July I wondered when the first site I visit will fall into such a trap.

  10. Actually Franklin on Firefox 3.5/Windows (cleartype enabled) looks just plain awful.

    That surprises me, as it has been optimized for this screen use. I’ll consult with my type wizards.

  11. That surprises me, as it has been optimized for this screen use. I’ll consult with my type wizards.

    Thanks, would be very interesting indeed.

  12. Actually Franklin on Firefox 3.5/Windows (cleartype enabled) looks just plain awful.

    That surprises me, as it has been optimized for this screen use. I’ll consult with my type wizards.

    It looks just fine (read: as good as other cleartyped Windows fonts) on my Windows / Firefox 3.5.

  13. I took both a screenshot of the page in FF3.5/WinVista with clear type enabled and also downloaded the font and made a screenshot in the font preview: Franklin Screenshot. I have seen something similar with a Frutiger Desktop font which I tried to use with @font-face. In the Franklin font esp the c in smaller font sized (12px) looks really strange. Or am I missing something in my setup?

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