CSS Fonts
Web Typography Possibilities
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: July 2013
Pages: 68

From custom fonts to ad-hoc font families you assemble out of a variety of individual faces, CSS 3 gives you more typographic options than ever before. This concise guide shows you how to use CSS properties to gain a fine-grained and wide-ranging influence over how you display fonts on the Web.

Short and sweet, this book is an excerpt from the upcoming fourth edition of CSS: The Definitive Guide. When you purchase either the print or the ebook edition of Fonts, you’ll receive a discount on the entire Definitive Guide once it’s released. Why wait? Learn how to choose and manipulate fonts right away.

  • Specify font families and their generic alternatives
  • Use @font-face to specify customized downloadable fonts
  • Size your fonts with absolute or relative scales, percentages, or length units
  • Understand the difference between italic and oblique styles
  • Learn how to specify or suppress a font’s kerning data and other font features
  • Synthesize your own variants for fonts that lack bold or italic text
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Excellent book

By Polly Anna

from New Zealand

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Comments about oreilly CSS Fonts:

I like the authors style of writing and how he is meticulous about the foundational building blocks of the topic - thank you Eric - without talking down to the reader.


A little handbook on CSS Fonts

By Zalakain

from Iruña, Spain

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  • Concise
  • Easy to understand
  • Well-written


  • Lack Of Full Example

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  • Intermediate

Comments about oreilly CSS Fonts:

If you are ever considering the use of CSS Fonts in any project (web, mobile...) this little one of 58 pages is a must. You will find no black magic here, but a great primer on how and where to add some CSS code and "hey presto!" have a much nicer looking web page. All using standards, everything from Font families, faces, weight, styles, etc. It even covers font matching, a rather unfrequent technique used to guarantee the most similar UI font experience on any user agent.
The book is full of little code bits that serve as good base for your own CSS stuff. I missed a more complete example, kind of a "walk through" sample showing what can be achieved with the use of CSS fonts (well, one can always revert to Google for that I guess). This makes this book more a quick-guide style than anything else.
Not much more to say, it's a short one you can read in a relaxed afternoon and since the book is all-standard, you will sure make use of some of it's contents sooner rather than later.

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