Font-Embedding Icons the Right Way—A Legitimate Alternative to Images

Using fonts to display icons have shown potential but carry significant downsides. A slight adjustment to the method makes it ready for primetime.

When I released Iconic in font format it got a lot of positive feedback. However, it had one significant technical issues that kept it from being practical. The glyphs in the font had no logical assignment to Unicode characters, making the output semantically unsound. A few months back, Philip Shaw shared a much improved method for glyph assignment which I have implemented in the current version of Iconic. I thought it would be worthwhile to share that approach so that others may adopt it and that a standard can hopefully form. Continue reading “Font-Embedding Icons the Right Way—A Legitimate Alternative to Images”

More Dreamweaver Regular Expressions

A while back I offered up a pack of Dreamweaver regular expressions for download. Well, I have been doing some significant front-end work lately which has required quite a bit of rewriting of old HTML to a more standards-centric foundation. During this process, I have been writing a few additional regular expressions (aka regexes). I was somewhat surprised by the level of interest in the original set of regexes so I thought it would be helpful to release an updated collection of regular expressions.
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Typography on the Web – Beauty is Not Letterform Deep

For the last few years, design on the web has strongly shifted towards a more usable and standards driven approach. It is now commonly accepted that HTML text is far more usable than images containing text. However, many web designers still use images for type due to the typographic control they obtain. No one argues with the fact that using HTML text instead of images for type is more usable and ultimately better design as a whole. Nonetheless, many feel that strong typographic design cannot be achieved without defaulting to images for text. Because of these reasons, many still continue to use images rather than HTML text due to the typographic control they have with Illustrator, Photoshop, Fireworks, etc. In my opinion, web typography with the aid of CSS and other tools, has the potential to be typographically strong. In addition, text which is meant to be read or to perform a user or system-based function that is not HTML text could arguably be considered poor typographic design. Continue reading “Typography on the Web – Beauty is Not Letterform Deep”