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Beginning HTML5 and CSS3: The Web Evolved by Divya Manian, Oli Studholme, Richard Clark, Christopher Murphy

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Chapter 10

Improving Web Typography

For a long time, web typography was a much-neglected field. While advances in type were piped back into editing software like Adobe Photoshop or InDesign, browsers had to deal with a very basic and limited suite of type technologies. However, all this is changing with CSS3. Before we dive into the new tools CSS3 provides to craft type, let’s clarify what “type” means and the various terms that are used in web typography.

Typeface and fonts

Let’s define the terms.

  • Typeface: The term refers to type designs that are created by type designers. Georgia, Helvetica, and Futura are all typefaces. Typefaces can be ...

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