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Tools to Display Non-Standard Fonts on Your Website March 2, 2011

The problem of displaying non-standard fonts has been solved due the growing popularity of various solutions similar to CSS @font-face etc. But even so it is too early to state that you embed almost any exclusive font to your website with the help of few clicks. Clients are getting more meticulous and often you just can’t convince him or her that this font may cause some extra problems for you. So, today we want to tell you about some popular tools that might help you in embedding some original fonts and satisfying your clients seamlessly.

The main trick behind all these tools is using some scripts or even third-party storing for your fonts. So if you won’t afraid to entrust the faith of your fonts to someone else than these solutions will help you a lot. There are some web developers that don’t trust all these tools and maybe they are right though so far there are no live examples of their paranoia. So, let’s begin.

Google API Fonts

Google makes developers’ lives easier by creating Google Font Directory. Just browse trough, pick a font and paste a code to your website. Also you can download font files to your computer and use them in a classical way and don’t forget that you can use them on any non-commercial or commercial project.



Cufon is the most popular font embedding service nowadays. Just upload your fonts to the website, choose the glyph, customize your font and enjoy the power of JS scripts that would embed your font instantly.



sIFR (or Scalable Inman Flash Replacement) is a technology replaces text elements on screen with Flash equivalents. The main trick here is the Flash technology usage which requires some Flash plugins being available and Adobe Flash Studio software.



FLIR stands for Facelift Image Replacement and it produces image replacement script for presentating the text on your web page in fonts that might won’t be visible to the visitors. The generated image will be automatically inserted into your web page via Javascript and visible to all modern browsers.



Typekit is another tool that gives you simple code for putting non-standard font to your website. Simple, bulletproof, standards compliant, accessible service that you would love to use.


If you have any suggestions for expanding this list – we would love hear about your experience of working with some other useful tools for non-standard fonts embedding.

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