Take control of your Typography

Web typography is something unique. Over the years, it has suffered because of a comparison with printed typography. And despite numerous and obvious similarites, it is the fundamental differences between the two disciplines that have caused problems. It’s time to recover the control of your typography.

We all know what typography is and what it does, right? So why is web typography such a thorny subject?

The problems with web typography started when designers got involved with the web. Before that time, the web was used mainly by techy type guys who wanted to share and link information. It didn’t matter to them whether they were reading beautiful 12pt Times Roman or plain old monospace Courier.

When the web went consumer in the early 1990’s, people suddenly cared about what typeface they were reading or how large the font was. Unfortunately there was no way of defining these things.

To cut a long story short, after years of adapting a markup language (HTML) to incorporate presentational features such as font types and sizes—something it was never intended to do—we were finally given CSS and a light shone down from above.

But what should we do with CSS? And how should we do it? That’s what you’ll learn from the comprehensive guide created by Andy Hume from UsableType.


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