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Typography with CSS in Dreamweaver

Exploring CSS3 typeface options


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Typography with CSS in Dreamweaver

with Joseph Lowery

Video: Exploring CSS3 typeface options

The earlier videos in this chapter covered the, until recently, standard approach of using Web- Safe fonts that are common to the various computer platforms. That's all changed with the introduction and rapid proliferation of web fonts led by full-throated Browser support for a CSS3 feature. The latest browsers now make it possible for web pages to incorporate fonts that are not on the site visitor's machine, but rather linked and quickly downloaded. These web fonts depend on a CSS3 declaration known as @font-face.
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  1. 3m 52s
    1. Welcome
      1m 19s
    2. Using the exercise files
      2m 33s
  2. 19m 16s
    1. Working with the Property inspector's HTML tab
      2m 0s
    2. Making the most of the Property inspector's CSS tab
      4m 57s
    3. Defining and changing type with the CSS Rule Definition dialog
      6m 16s
    4. Modifying type directly in the CSS Styles panel
      6m 3s
  3. 19m 45s
    1. Understanding type measurement unit options
      2m 50s
    2. Working with pixels
      2m 34s
    3. Defining a percentage-based page with ems
      6m 51s
    4. Letting users set page type size
      7m 30s
  4. 17m 36s
    1. Getting to know the basic font categories
      1m 32s
    2. Employing web-safe fonts
      3m 20s
    3. Defining new font families
      3m 22s
    4. Exploring CSS3 typeface options
      3m 9s
    5. Setting up @font-face
      6m 13s
  5. 9m 39s
    1. Dispelling the myth of web-safe colors
      1m 13s
    2. Applying color to type
      4m 52s
    3. Incorporating semi-transparent type
      3m 34s
  6. 19m 46s
    1. Setting the font-weight
      3m 48s
    2. Mandating font case
      2m 25s
    3. Exploring font variants
      1m 50s
    4. Utilizing white space effectively
      3m 40s
    5. Changing letter and word spacing
      2m 20s
    6. Defining first-line variations
      2m 19s
    7. Inserting drop caps
      3m 24s
  7. 20m 17s
    1. Applying CSS3 text effects
      5m 26s
    2. Designing type gradients
      8m 27s
    3. Rotating text with CSS transform
      6m 24s
  8. 15m 21s
    1. Implementing advanced headings with HTML5
      3m 11s
    2. Preparing CSS3 multiple-column layout
      4m 50s
    3. Future type: Defining CSS Regions
      7m 20s
  9. 24m 51s
    1. Styling unordered lists
      6m 51s
    2. Specifying a sequence with ordered lists
      5m 14s
    3. Applying definition lists
      7m 19s
    4. Targeting list items with CSS3 nth child
      5m 27s
  10. 20s
    1. Next steps
      20s

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Typography with CSS in Dreamweaver
2h 30m Intermediate Jul 29, 2011

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Dive deep into key typographic concepts and learn how to manipulate type in Dreamweaver. Author Joseph Lowery introduces Dreamweaver type tools and shows how to perform basic text modifications, establish the appropriate type unit, integrate custom web fonts, and apply drop shadows, gradients, and other effects. The course also provides in-depth tutorials on structuring text with headings, paragraphs, columns, and lists, and offers a preview of Adobe's proposed CSS Regions.

Topics include:
  • Modifying type in the CSS Styles panel
  • Understanding the different type measurement unit options
  • Allowing users to set page type size
  • Employing web-safe fonts
  • Exploring CSS 3 typeface options
  • Setting up @font-face
  • Applying color and transparency to type
  • Styling the font weight, case, and letter spacing
  • Inserting drop caps
  • Rotating text with CSS transform
  • Laying out text in multiple columns
  • Incorporating ordered and unordered lists
  • Targeting lists items with the nth-child selector
Subjects:
Typography Web Web Design
Software:
Dreamweaver
Author:
Joseph Lowery

Exploring CSS3 typeface options

The earlier videos in this chapter covered the, until recently, standard approach of using Web- Safe fonts that are common to the various computer platforms. That's all changed with the introduction and rapid proliferation of web fonts led by full-throated Browser support for a CSS3 feature. The latest browsers now make it possible for web pages to incorporate fonts that are not on the site visitor's machine, but rather linked and quickly downloaded. These web fonts depend on a CSS3 declaration known as @font-face.

You can see some example @font-face code here. The @font-face declaration is now supported in Firefox 3.5 and higher, Safari 3.2 and higher, Opera 10.1 and higher, Google Chrome 5 and up, and Internet Explorer 9 and on. The other factor driving adoption of this technology is the recent turnaround of the leading font foundries to license their fonts. Some of the leading resources for web fonts include Typekit, Fonts.com, and FontShop.

You'll find that there are two basic approaches to using web fonts: self-hosting and remote hosting. While the former does give you more control, it's generally a little costlier and a bit more coding. Using a remote host for your fonts is less expensive and easy to implement, but you do have to be aware of a slight increase in your page load. I found that with a limited number of fonts, the load time is negligible. But you'll need to do your own testing to find the right balance for you. To give you a full picture of what's available with web fonts, I also wanted to mention another option, even though it doesn't use the @font-face declaration.

Google has their own font initiative. Google web fonts are available at no charge under an open source license and are all hosted by Google. Implementation is a simple link to a stylesheet URL and a CSS font-family property. Although Dreamweaver doesn't offer point and click support for Google web fonts, once you've written the proper code, the fonts are displayed in Live View. So here in Dreamweaver, you can see my two code chunks. First there is the link to the googleapis. com asking for the font-family of Tangerine.

And then I set up font-families with Tangerine as the first option and serif as my second choice for three different tags: h1, h2, and h3. Here's what it looks like in Design View. Now let's go ahead and take a look at it previewed in the Browser in Firefox. I'll go ahead and save my file, and there you can see the new font, definitely not a web-safe font, this is Tangerine, and it's applied to all of the h1, h2, and h3 tags.

With this basic understanding of web fonts, you're now ready to learn how to implement them in Dreamweaver.

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