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For this installment of the First Look series, James Williamson reviews the current implementation and future direction of web fonts: downloadable font resources that can be retrieved with the CSS @font-face declaration. The course begins with the evolution of online typography and current CSS font capabilities, and then dives into the W3C CSS Fonts Module specification, showing how to utilize web fonts, ensure cross-browser consistency, and how to use CSS3 to enhance the styling of web fonts. Font hosting services and tools such as TypeKit and the Google Fonts API are demonstrated. Exercise files accompany the course.
If you are a Premium subscriber to lynda.com you have access to the exercise files that accompany this course. To use the exercise files download and place them in a central location on your local computer. I recommend copying the files to the desktop, as this makes them easy to find and easy to clean up after you're done with the title. The exercise files are organized in folders representing movie numbers and titles. At the beginning of each movie I'll call out the location of the exercise files and you should see an overlay on the screen showing you the location of the files for that particular exercise.
Each folder also contains a folder labeled finished_files. If you want to check your work against the finished version of the file, you can find them in this folder. I also want to mention that this title doesn't require the use of one HTML editor over another. So you're welcome to use any authoring tool that you're comfortable with. I'm going to be using Dreamweaver CS5 in the videos, but I won't be using any of the Dreamweaver specific features. Just the code editor. You can reproduce these exercises using any HTML or text editor that you're familiar with.
Due to the nature of some of the services used in this title, I'll be viewing my finished pages on a live domain. I'll also be using the latest version of Firefox, Chrome, and Safari for previewing my pages and the current web font implementations from Typekit and the Google Font API. So you'll also need access to an FTP client to upload your finished files for previewing them online. Now if your browser versions or platforms differ from mine, you may experience different results when testing your files, especially regarding font rendering.
It's also worth noting that the services and implementations used in this title are subject to change from the time this recording is made until the time that you view it. Be sure to check out the movies on web font rendering for more details on those platform and browser differences.
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