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Working with Text

In Web design, the possibilities for formatting text are limited. You can use either the FONT tag or Cascading Style Sheets, but both require viewers to have the font you’re using installed on their computers. This limits you to the serif combination Palatino/Times or sans serif Helvetica/Arial, because these fonts come with both the Macintosh and Windows operating systems. One of the solutions to this was a technology called Dynamic Fonts, which allowed you to save fonts in a special format that would then be attached to an HTML document. Unfortunately, this technology is not supported by Microsoft (what a surprise) in its latest browser. And Bitstream, which was the only company left that offered a font-conversion tool for Dynamic Fonts (called WebFont Wizard), has stopped selling and maintaining this product. The only way (to my knowledge) of embedding a font with an HTML page is using SVG (Standard Vector Graphic), which requires the visitor to have a plug-in installed. So for the time being, there is not much you can do. Here are the options that you have:

Using the FONT Tag

The FONT tag predates Cascading Style Sheets and is therefore understood by every browser. To format text with the FONT tag, you first need to create a font set (Type > Font > Edit Font Sets). In the Font Set Editor, click the New button underneath the Font Sets list to create a new set, and then specify the fonts that you want to be part of the set using the pop-up menu under the Font Names list. Specify more than one font in case your first choice is not installed on the visitor’s computer. I recommend that you create two font sets, one for serifs (including Times and Palatino, in that order) and one for sans serifs (Arial and Helvetica, also in that order). After you have defined your font sets, they are available in the Type > Font submenu and you can apply them to selected text in HTML documents.


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