Typekit oc web design is a new service that will give web developers more options for font design; it will allow specific fonts to be embedded in the page–sometimes for free, sometimes not–so that users will see the intended typeface whether or not they have it loaded on their system. (Basically the same principle as PDF.) As the article points out, this will have advantages for screen reader users, since developers can now use real instead of bitmapped fonts to create fancy effects. On the other hand, we saw the intricate font used as an illustration of the principle, and did a bit of hand-wringing over its potential legibility problems for people with low vision or cognitive disabilities. Dignity, we counsel designers; always dignity.

Slate: Down With Verdana!

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