13 Oct 2009 8 am eastern

Real type, real drag

You must read High Performance Web Sites Blog’s (yes, that’s really it’s name) @font-face and performance if you’re using @font-face to embed web-licensed fonts on sites you design (as I’ve done here).

Filed under: Browsers, Fonts, spec, Standards, State of the Web, Usability, User Experience, Web Standards, webfonts

11 Responses to “Real type, real drag”

  1. @font-face and performance | For A Beautiful Web said on

    [...] Given the high number of posts about @font-face recently, I expect we’ll see more performance issues and workarounds as we grapple with how to use this feature in today’s browsers while ensuring our users get the fast experience they want and deserve. (source) [...]

  2. @font-face and performance | Stuff and Nonsense said on

    [...] Elsewhere: @font-face and performance Given the high number of posts about @font-face recently, I expect we’ll see more performance issues and workarounds as we grapple with how to use this feature in today’s browsers while ensuring our users get the fast experience they want and deserve. (source) [...]

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    [...] Real type, real drag » Jeffrey Zeldman 46 hours ago [...]

  4. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    Given that IE doesn’t load the content until the font downloads, imagine what would happen if the font server went down, even momentarily.

    One workaround might be to reference the @font-face in an external CSS file.

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  8. DN said on

    So by ‘external CSS file’ you mean external like ‘hosted on the font server’ external, right? That seems pretty failsafe. Seems like something Typekit et al. could arrange pretty easily.

  9. Lauren DeMichiei said on

    ha ha! nice way to sneak in that book promotion.

  10. Jeffrey Zeldman said on

    @Lauren:

    ha ha! nice way to sneak in that book promotion.

    That was for you, babe.

  11. Cables said on

    The book is a good introduction for anyone who want to know how to build websites according to Web Standars. Despite some clues are a little old, it should be good a new updated version of the book including latest browsers like Internet Explorer 8. Anyway the book is nice and usefull to a new developer or designer.

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