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new offerings), with these services among those starting to
offer great fonts and tools to legally embed their fonts:
Typekit: A subscription-based commercial service that works with
popular foundries to license and host some of the most popular fonts.
FontSpring: Offers commercial @font-face -friendly licensing options
for the fonts it sells.
Font Squirrel: More than just a font file generator, the Font Squirrel site
also houses a curated collection of free fonts licensed for use on the
Google Font Directory: In conjunction with offering an embeddable API
and tool that wraps the @font-face declarations as well as providing
caching of fonts on its CDN, Google has collected a set of open source
fonts, free to use. Directory: As part of a broader wiki devoted to web
typography, this is a list of embeddable typefaces and foundries that
support embedding.
Custom Fonts via Text Replacement
Designers can use certain techniques besides relying on system fonts
or embedding font files to achieve the look of a custom font. These
techniques have pluses and minuses—balancing maintainability, select-
ability, accessibility, and appearance. They also don't have some of the
licensing issues of embedded fonts since font files aren't being shared.
Type set inside an image file and placed in the document using an img
tag is one way to go, but HTML content cannot be changed via a style
sheet if a different font is chosen, and the image remains with the HTML
source when it appears in other contexts such as RSS feeds.
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