Richard Rutter neatly summarises the debate over WebKit’s new support for @font-face rules, but I don’t see what all the fuss is about.
- Accessible headings rather than images of text (yes, I know SIFR is wonderful, but it’s a bit fragile, a bit Heath Robinson, isn’t it?)
- More choice for designers
- “I’m a terribly precious aesthete and most lesser designers are neanderthals who couldn’t choose typography if their copy of Firebug depended on it. Therefore, they shouldn’t have the opportunity to use any other typefaces”
- er … that’s it
Well, yes—there are people out there who don’t exhibit the perfect design sensitivities that others have. But they already use colours and (gasp!) images in combinations not approved by the taste police, but they haven’t destroyed the Web yet. In fact, last time I checked, the Web was thriving so much it’s gone up a version.
CSS font “embedding” is another tool. Tools can be used for good or for bad. What’s not to love?