Di artikel sebelumnya tentang terawangan masa depan bahwa web font akan menjadi suatu yang lumrah nantinya, maka diartikel kali ini ada baiknya diselami lebih jauh dari beberapa produk web font yang sudah ada, just in case supaya tidak kecewa dilain hari.

Kalau ditelisik lebih jauh dari balik layar peluncuran Google Font API, tampaknya Google bermain aman dan tak ingin terlalu lengkap membuat APInya:

Google’s serving infrastructure takes care of converting the font into a format compatible with any modern browser (including Internet Explorer 6 and up), sends just the styles and weights you select, and the font files and CSS are tuned and optimized for web serving. For example, cache headers are set to maximize the likelihood that the fonts will be served from the browser’s cache with no need for a network roundtrip, even when the same font is linked from different websites.

These fonts also work well with CSS3 and HTML5 styling, including drop shadows, rotation, etc. In addition, selecting these fonts in your CSS works just the same as for locally installed fonts, facilitating clean separation of content and presentation.

Begitu pula produk lain seperti Typekit dan produk lain google, Web Font Loader yang dikhususkan untuk secara halus dapat menampilkan berbagai web font berkualitas tinggi.

The WebFont Loader puts the developer in control of how web fonts are handled by various browsers. The API fires JavaScript events at certain points, for example when the web font completes downloading. With these events, developers can control how web fonts behave on a site so that they download consistently across all browsers. In addition, developers can set the fallback font’s size to more closely match the web font, so content doesn’t reflow after loading.

Furthermore, the WebFont Loader is designed to make it easy to switch between different providers of web fonts, including Google, Typekit, and others. The code is modular, and we expect to add modules for other major web font providers in coming weeks.

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