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Embedding Custom Fonts In A Web page

Last night I ended my article on web-safe cursive fonts, saying that I'd post today explaining how to embed a custom font in a web page, such that all readers could see it, regardless of whether they have the font installed on their machine or not.

First though, a digression.

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Quite a while ago, a friend asked me if I could point them to a list of web-safe cursive fonts. Which should've been an easy ask, right? Couple o' minutes with Google, mail 'em a link or two, to pages displaying handy lists of same; job done. Erm, nope!

But before we go any further, let's just define, for the uninitiated, what the hell my friend's horribly geeky-looking question meant.

A cursive font is, quite simply, a font which looks like handwriting. And at this point, the only one I can name, and be just-about one hundred percent certain that you will be able to take a look at as an example is the dreaded Comic Sans MS. Well, I say "one hundred percent." If you're reading this on Windows there is, according to this list [link broken: see, instead, the table at the end of this post], a 99.6% chance that you've just read the name of The Font Which Should Ne'er Be Seen in the relevant type-face. On a Mac, it's a 95.7% chance, and on Linux, 68.4%. (That's before the installation of any office software or other such programs which almost certainly install it, along with many other fonts additional to those shipped with the OS.) Which brings us neatly to what I mean by "web-safe."

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