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Chapter 7. Typography > Type for the Web

Type for the Web

Unfortunately, the tried-and-true rules that designers are accustomed to following for print documents don't always apply to Web documents. When you choose a typeface for a print document, for example, you can depend on your final output being crisp—and in the typeface you chose. A Web page, on the other hand, can (and probably will) look different on different monitors or in different operating systems. That's due to differing monitor resolutions and the fact that the fonts you chose may not be available on a user's station and thus font substitution may occur. Your job as a Web designer is to keep the strengths and pitfalls of your output medium in mind as you create your page. And at the present time, text on a Web page can be unreliable.

What you can't do

The following features are not available for HTML text boxes:


  • Fractional point sizes (e.g., 12.5 pt)

  • Outline, shadow, small caps, superior, and word underline type styles

  • Kerning

  • Tracking

  • Baseline shift

  • Indent here, discretionary hyphen, nonbreaking hyphen, discretionary new line

  • Nonbreaking spaces; en, em, and flex spaces; and punctuation spaces and tabs are converted to standard spaces on export


  • Tabs

  • Lock to baseline grid

  • H&Js

  • Force and justified alignment

Box controls

  • Flip horizontal, flip vertical

  • First baseline

  • Inter-paragraph max

  • Box rotation

  • Disproportionate interactive resizing

  • Text box linking from page to page (you can link within the same page)

  • Skewing

  • Text paths and non-rectangular boxes are converted to raster boxes

  • Columns are converted to an HTML table on export



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