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The Book of CSS3 by Peter Gasston

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Chapter 5. Web Fonts

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The features covered in this chapter are the oldest in this book, having been introduced in CSS2 many years ago—only to be dropped from the 2.1 spec due to a lack of implementation by browser makers. Now a new generation of browsers has revived interest in improving the typographical options available to web designers, and I, for one, welcome the return of these features in CSS3. Chief among them is the ability to specify fonts that don’t already exist on the user’s system—by utilizing the @font-face method—which frees designers from the yoke of the standard palette of “web-safe” system fonts that have been used for many years. ...

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