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problems with google fonts

May 14, 2012 9:43 AM

Hi all,

 

I'm having some problems with google fonts...

 

I've been using google Quicksand font and it seems fine on most browsers but I just went to chrome on win7 and parts of some letters have vanished so it's hard to read ... just black text on white background...

 

 

Q: has anyone heard of this oddity and know a fix for it?

 

<link href='http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Quicksand:400,300,700' rel='stylesheet' type='text/css'>

 
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    May 14, 2012 12:47 PM   in reply to revdave

    Yes.  It's a major annoyance and one of the main criticisms I have with Google Web Fonts.

     

    In order for fonts to render properly on all web devices/browsers,  you need 4 or 5 proprietary font types:

     

    EOT = Internet Explorer 4+

    TTF = Mozilla 3.5, Safari 3.1, Chrome 2.0, Opera 10

    OTF = Mozilla 3.5, Safari 3.1, Opera 10

    SVG = Safari 3.1 iPhone, Chrome 0.3, Opera 9.0

    WOFF = Mozilla 3.6+

     

    Many of Google's Web Fonts are missing  file types.   I don't know if this is unintentional omission or if they couldn't get written permission from the font owners to convert to all file types. In any case, for best results use fonts from TypeKit instead of Google.

     

     

     

    Nancy O.

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    May 14, 2012 1:36 PM   in reply to revdave

    Or as your previous discussion on this topic brought up, the full kit from Font Squirrel.

     

    http://forums.adobe.com/message/4262476

     

    http://www.fontsquirrel.com/fonts/Quicksand

     
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    May 14, 2012 2:09 PM   in reply to Rik Ramsay

    I prefer TypeKit because they host the fonts on their servers and their font list is huge.

     

    There are some @font-face generators and font kits you can use.

     

    For legal reasons, don't just assume you can use any font you wish on the web. Fonts are protected by intellectual property laws in much the same way that software is protected from unlawful copying, modifying or distributing.  In other words, a font owner can say "you can use my font but you can't alter it, you can't reproduce it and you can't distribute it."  That's a deal breaker.  Check your font license very carefully.

     

     

    Nancy O.

     
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    May 14, 2012 5:34 PM   in reply to revdave

    Its a problem known as 'poor hinting' and something that Google Web Fonts improves over time.... perhaps try another font - Questrial? - and be patient

     
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