Wednesday, September 03, 2008

FONTS, again...

So, Steve is working toward revamping his website(s), especially the Que Linda Music pages I mentioned a few posts back, and the whole font question comes up. You know, will folks actually see the font I specified for this page or will something be substituted?

As a general rule, there are a few core fonts that everybody has and are pretty safe to use. Unless, of course, they happen to be one of those individuals who have set their browser to use only their fonts of choice. A friend of mine had everything display as Comics...bad enough when you come across it on a web page, much less making it your default! Anyway, the main question for me is whether to use those fonts that most folks have installed but are not quite universal -- things like Lucida Grande, Tahoma, Impact, Bookman Antiqua.

There is a Flash program from CoffeeCup software that will let one display the font of choice, regardless of what the viewer has installed. However, I'm leery of adding more code (and Flash, particularly) to any page, knowing how that affects those of us stuck with slow dial-up connections. The alternative is rendering odd fonts -- even those that are just slightly odd -- as graphics. I suppose adding a low-rez GIF or JPEG to a page is the least of several alternative evils and one knows that the visitor to ones site sees what was intended. More or less.

I reckon I'd best make my choices and get onto it. At least I don't have to go to Flaming Text to create my headline text anymore, being able to produce much the same thing with the programs I have on my own computer.

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