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'>
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.
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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.
Thanks much Nancy & Rik & abattis. The client's graphic designer chose the goole font at first but we ended up switching to a standard font do to the issues and all is good now. I will check into Font Squirrel & TypeKit.