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    Clarification on Fonts

    Adobe has a collection of fonts specifically designed for clear display on web pages. But, the only way you can guarantee that precise font is displayed on every browser is to use that font in PhotoShop (or something) to create a gif file and place the gif file on the page -- be it buttons or small blocks of text. Is this correct?

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    Re: Clarification on Fonts

    At work, my primary internet access machine is linux using Netscape 4.7 and Opera 5. It is truely amazing how horrible pages created with wysiwyg windows editors look. Whenever I get a particularly unreadable page, I view source and more often than not there is the tag <META content="Microsoft FrontPage 4.0" name=GENERATOR>. That is not to say hand wrought pages always look perfect, but if it is really important that a certain font render everywhere, your use of gifs is the only way to go. That being said, do this only when necessary because it takes much longer to load the gifs than to render text. Another way to go is using bitstream truedoc fonts <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.truedoc.com/>http://www.truedoc.com/</A>. This doesn't work all of the time either.

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    Re: Clarification on Fonts

    I keep meaning to try embedding some fonts...
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    Re: Clarification on Fonts

    If you need it I have a shareware program that converts TTFs to PFRs. I don't think it's available any more for download.

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    Re: Clarification on Fonts

    Yes please, Art. You can post it here or email it to me.
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    Re: Clarification on Fonts

    Thanks for your reply. I'll be spending some time on the site you suggested. Just not a perfect <browser> world yet...

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    Re: Clarification on Fonts

    Eileen & Kathy,

    Forget the web font program I sent to you. Instead, go to <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.bitstream.com/categories/products/webfonttools/webfontwiz/index.html>http://www.bitstream.com/categories/produc...twiz/index.html</A> and download the Bitstream Web Font Wizard. It is fully supported by Bitstream, and you can specify an unlimited number of URLs where the PFRs will work. It is much easier to use than the program I sent to you. The trial download is good for 10 fonts or 10 days whichever comes first.

    After looking at TimesNew Roamin', Aerial, Bandana and Joe-Jah, these fonts really make a page dance.

    And web fonts are text (unlike gif pseudo-type), they can be searched and selected for copy and paste.

    Try them!

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    Re: Clarification on Fonts

    Art, that's a brilliant find. I'm downloading it right now.
    However - will they only work in IE? What about the other package - do *they* work everywhere?
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    Re: Clarification on Fonts

    Actually, the capability is built into Netscape. IE uses a script and ActiveX component to make it work.

    In terms of "working everywhere", I'm not sure if you mean cross browser or cross server.

    As for browsers, they work in IE and Netscape. Maybe others too.

    As for servers, they are a URL specific technology. When you create the pfr file, you specify the URLs where it will be used. It works on only those URLs. So If I create a pfr in Calligraph421BT to work in <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.alexion.com/>http://www.alexion.com/</A>, you can't download the pfr and have it work on <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.wopr.com/>http://www.wopr.com/</A>. It's a font copyright security thing. (The "other" package that I eMailed to you also only works with specified URLs. As a further limitation, it only lets you specify one URL per font.)

    I'll throw up a demo page. In the meantime, you can check out my site (see above) for the Calligraph421 font in action.

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    Re: Clarification on Fonts

    I put up a demo page. It is at <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.alexion.com/tools/webfonts.htm>http://www.alexion.com/tools/webfonts.htm</A>. It uses 5 web fonts, 4 of which are not found on most computers.

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    Re: Clarification on Fonts

    >>As for browsers, they work in IE and Netscape. Maybe others too.

    That's good enough for me. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>

    Why has your demo got such huge gaps between the pargraphs?
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    Re: Clarification on Fonts

    because I put them there. I like white space.

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    Re: Clarification on Fonts

    I thought it would less ransom note-y

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    Re: Clarification on Fonts

    You can have too much of a good thing though. I thought they must for some graphics that hadn't finished downloading yet.
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    Re: Clarification on Fonts

    Take a look <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.alexion.com/tools/webfonts.htm>again</A>. I just wanted you to see the fonts in action, not create a masterpiece.<g>

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