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This course focuses on the theories behind web fonts: what makes a good font, why different fonts look the way they do, and how fonts affect the look of a web page. Author Laura Franz covers common tasks, including downloading a font from an online source such as Typekit or Font Squirrel, implementing the font in HTML and CSS, and changing the size and line-height to improve the readability of text. The course also covers different periods of type design and explores the history behind handwritten fonts, text fonts (used for large amounts of text), and display fonts (used for headlines).
In this course, you'll be adding Web fonts to files using Google Web Fonts, Typekit, and the @font-face syntax. In order to make the fonts work, you need to have some experience with HTML and CSS, either in a text editor or in Dreamweaver. If you aren't familiar with the basics of HTML and CSS, you may find the exercises go a little fast for you. If that happens, I recommend you watch a basic HTML and CSS course from the Lynda.com Online Training Library first.
In addition, in order for Typekit fonts to work, you'll need a server space. You'll also need to know how to FTP a file to your server space, and you'll need to know your URL or domain name so you can view the files you upload. Typekit fonts do not work on your Desktop unless it's set up as a local server. This course does not require the use of a specific text editor, so use whatever authoring tool you're comfortable with. I'll be using TextWrangler, but you'll be able to do these exercises in the Code view of Dreamweaver or any other HTML or text editor you're familiar with.
All exercises can be completed using free fonts, whether through Google Web Fonts, Typekit's trial plan, or by using the @font-face syntax. I'll show you some fonts that aren't free, and I'll even show you how the exercise would look if we had used one of these non-free fonts, but you're not required to purchase any fonts or plans for this course. Finally, throughout the course, I refer to things like legibility, readability, hierarchy, and chunking, all of which help create a page that's pleasant and easy to read.
I do not go into detail on these topics. If you'd like to learn more about them, I recommend my previous course, Typography for Web Designers.
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