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IE10 unlocks CSS OpenType features for Webfonts

With Mozilla’s Firefox and Microsoft’s upcoming Internet Explorer 10, a significant step has been taken toward widespread OpenType feature support, which allows for things like discretionary ligatures in text and contextual alternates in display. Now with standards solidifying, a level of typographic sophistication previously unachievable anywhere will soon be realized. Ushering in the new browser, we share this demo page with live examples of OpenType features at work. (Note that unless viewed in IE10 or a recent version of Firefox or some other new-ish Mozilla browser, the demos won’t make much sense.)

We move ahead now to take a closer look into each of the examples, and discuss what’s required before we can get started taking full advantage of this new ability. Contextual Swashes: FF Nexus Serif

Contextual Swashes | FF Nexus Serif Italic is the most comprehensive font of the FF Nexus Superfamily, containing beautiful sets of swash letters for the beginnings and ends of words. Thanks to the Contextual Swashes feature, the swash variants of the letters appear automatically in the appropriate positions (as opposed to the “regular” Swashes feature, in which you would have to decide yourself which letters should be swashed).

 Stylistic Sets: FF Unit

Stylistic Sets | FF Unit holds the library’s record for Stylistic Sets: It has a whopping 14 sets to tailor the look of selected letters to your needs. (39 OT Features in total!)

Contextual Alternates: FF Mister K

Contextual Alternates | FF Mister K isn’t available as a Web FontFont yet, and if you switch off the Contextual Alternates feature on the demo site you’ll see why: It just makes no sense to use it without the connections and letter variants that give FF Mister K its special look.

Small Caps: FF Ernestine

Small Caps | FF Ernestine is one of the few FontFonts containing two sets of small caps: Small and Petite Caps (the only other Petite Cap FontFont being FF Atma Serif). While Small Caps are available as separate Web FontFonts now, Petite Caps only become accessible through browser OpenType feature support.

Discretionary Ligatures: FF Milo Serif

Discretionary Ligatures | FF Milo Serif is one of the FontFonts that go wild with extravagant ligatures.

Oldtyle Figures: FF DIN Round

Ligatures: FF Tartine Script

Oldstyle Figures and Ligatures | FF DIN Round and FF Tartine Script can actually look like this on your website right now! Unlike the other features shown above, Oldstyle Figures and Ligatures are included (if available in the design) in all WOFF Web FontFonts today. There’s one more feature we didn’t even mention on the demo page: The Kerning feature is activated for the whole demo page. It is most noticeable in combinations like “We” and “y.”, which just look more even with kerning. This feature is included in the current WOFF Web FontFonts and is applied automatically by some browsers.

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Not quite an Annual Report

2011 marked the most exciting year in FontFont history. The innovations that we launched this year received a warm welcome in the design and development communities and beyond.

Download our inspiring 52-paged lookback at the highlights of the FontFont year in 2011 (PDF, 9 MB) or browse on Issuu.

The Wonderful World of Web FontFonts

Almost two years after FontFont became the first type manufacturer to release webfonts in the .woff format, the Web FontFont Library has grown into a Library of 3500 fonts. Compatible with more than 96% of all browsers, including Mobile Safari, webfonts are here to stay. Hundreds of websites currently use the popular FF DIN, FF Dax, FF Meta, FF Tisa, as well as many other FontFonts, to set themselves apart with beautiful design.

FontFont set standards not only technically, but also in terms of user-friendliness. Our customers appreciate multiple hosting option. They can host their Web FontFonts on their servers, or for those who prefer subscription services, our cooperation with Typekit offers a safe and easy-to-use alternative. Web developers enjoy designing offline mockups and webpage layouts with Comp fonts, packaged with webfonts at no additional charge.

In 2011, we also improved the magical FontFonter service. With the help of FontFonter.com users can test-drive a large selection of Web FontFonts on any HTML site. To date, 42 sans serif and 22 serif families are available to preview in various combinations.

Subsetter.com, our online FontFont optimizer, which debuted in July, also gained a lot of popularity. Using Subsetter, FontFonts can be individually rebuilt, both in terms of file size as well as aesthetics. For instance: When you want to use oldstyle figures instead of tabular figures or do not need any language support, you can remove unnecessary characters and reduce the size of the webfont by up to 90%. When several weights are being used, small font files can dramatically lessen the burden of high traffic and speed up the load of the website.

Moving into Mobile

Recently, the mobile apps market became more typographically diverse. FontFont is the first foundry to answer the needs of this market with a customer friendly offer: Mobile FontFonts. They let you break from the mold of rather dull system fonts, with a simple and economical all-inclusive licence.

Amazing Accolades

2011 was also an exciting year for many of our type designers. FontFont designers  received 11 renowned awards in 2011, including those from Type Directors Club, ISTD International Typographic Awards, ATypI’s Type Design Competition Letter.2 and Communication Arts.

Our website FontFont.com, relaunched in April, was awarded, not only with the approval of our customers, but also by the jury of the iF Communication Design Awards (further information will follow soon).

Our founder, Erik Spiekermann, was honored with his home country’s highest distinction in the field of design, the Design Award of the Federal Republic of Germany, for his lifetime achievement.

The Museum of Modern Art in New York acquired 23 digital typefaces for its Architecture and Design Collection. Among them FF DIN, FF Meta, FF Blur and FF Beowolf.

Stellar Staff

For us, this successful year served as an incentive to continue our commitment to being the world’s fastest growing library of contemporary typefaces. No other foundry offers such a high release frequency of quality fonts. With the release of nearly 20 new or extended FontFont Families, we  set the bar high again within the last 12 months. We are particularly proud of the fact that we are typographic home to both established, as well as emerging type designers from all over the world. They often express their enthusiasm for working together with our font technicians.

Our technical experts have performed splendidly once again in 2011: The entire library is now available in OpenType; the most popular FontFonts are available also in Office and, of course, in Web formats. In order to achieve a clearer structure, we split our library in three tiers, which takes into consideration diverse technical and conceptual needs and provides a better perspective to the FontFont Library.

2011 was indeed the most exciting year for us so far. – heavy emphasis on “so far”.

Download our inspiring 52-paged lookback at the highlights of the FontFont year in 2011 (PDF, 9 MB).

 

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Web FontFonts: Switch between numeral styles

FontFont Subsetter is a tool for optimizing and customizing Web FontFonts. The free service — found at www.subsetter.com— lets you significantly reduce the file size of your Web FontFonts in three easy steps to reduce bandwidth costs and make your websites faster. Our latest Web FontFont improvements allow you to use Subsetter to choose between proportional oldstyle figures and tabular lining figures. This tutorial explains how.

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FF Subsetter launched

FontShop International launches FF Subsetter, a tool for optimizing and customizing Web FontFonts in three easy steps. The free service — found at www.subsetter.com — lets users significantly reduce file sizes to reduce bandwidth costs and make their websites faster.

FontFont Subsetter
Screenshot FontFont Subsetter user interface

18 months ago we released Web FontFonts, becoming the first major foundry to offer fonts in WOFF, the format which has now become the webfont standard, supported by all major browsers. We started with a simple pay-once licensing model and optimized every font for the best possible display across platforms. This month, to celebrate the news of broad WOFF support (with the upcoming version of Safari), our Type Department further improved the files, making them up to 60% smaller with additional optimization for new versions of Windows and improved vertical metrics for consistent baseline positions in all browsers. Upgraded files will be available starting July 20 at no additional cost.

But that wasn’t enough for our Marketing Director Ivo Gabrowitsch. “Users should have more control over their fonts. One of the reasons our customers rely on FontFonts is because of their comprehensive character sets, but in the web environment cutting back on file size can be important, especially when speed matters. That’s why we built the Subsetter,” said Gabrowitsch.

FontFont Subsetter
Subsetter allows you to strip out extraneous glyphs and data that you may not need, like unused language characters, punctuation marks, and kerning information.

Smaller files mean faster websites and a better user experience. Dropping inessential characters from a webfont can make a big difference in the long term. It also gives designers the opportunity to use more font styles with less of an impact on speed and bandwidth.

Smaller files are less expensive too. As a website becomes more popular they cost more to host and maintain. Every bit of saved bandwidth saves money.

FF Subsetter optimizes and tailors fonts to each unique website in three steps:

  • Upload a Web FontFont.
  • Strip out glyphs and data that may not be needed for a particular site, like unused language characters, punctuation marks, and kerning.
  • Download your optimized font file.

File sizes can be reduced up to 90% and the new fonts are instantly usable on the web, just like the originals.

The tool is simple to use, thanks to the work of our very own Clemens Carlstedt and Christoph Koeberlin. “I’m excited about the idea of customizing your font according to your personal needs. You don’t need to be an expert to use it, but if you are, you’ll discover great possibilities,” said Koeberlin, who adds this tip: “Even if you don’t want to modify the font, FF Subsetter’s glyph table is very handy to see what’s contained in your Web FontFont.”

FontFont Subsetter glyph table
FontFont Subsetter glyph table

FF Subsetter is a free tool for any licensed Web FontFont user.
Find it at www.subsetter.com, try it with the free FF Nuvo Web Medium.

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