Somebody mentioned here recently that Google has a scary grip over the technologies underlying how we build/use the internet and mentioned Google Fonts (among other things). This got me a little spooked but also made me more conscious of how I use fonts and the fonts I should be using/supporting.
Can anybody link me to good resources for how I should be setting up fonts for web, and just nice, pleasing (#FOSS?) fonts I can use for personal computing?
@mareklach These are great, cheers!
@idmyn there's a lot of free fonts out there. If their licence allows web usage, I recommend using Font Squirrel's webfont generator, so you can load all the fonts locally (instead of linking GFonts versions): https://www.fontsquirrel.com/tools/webfont-generator
Also check out https://brick.im for fonts.
@idmyn Yeah, you can put it like that. If I'm searching for a new font (besides my own collection), I usually browse GFonts for quick previews and then download the font as ZIP. Then just generate the webfonts yourself (even let's you select the glyphs to include/exclude to reduce font file size etc.). Use that in your site/app/whatever and feel the speed ;)
@dzuk Amazing, thank you!
@idmyn my biggest fear around /not/ using either web-native fonts or Google fonts (served from reliable cloud with worldwide uptime) is that the fonts will not show up for some unknowable percentage of users. If someone has scripts or ideas for solving that concern, then I will be into divorcing Google.
@demonkind what about self-hosting the fonts?
@idmyn Served on the same database as the site itself? Yes as long as all the browsers out there will agree to use those fonts instead of imposing web or Google fonts in their place. I just don’t have confidence in that yet.
@demonkind Ahh, that's not a risk I considered, but I can see it being a worry
@idmyn You can download every font from Google Fonts and put it on your own server or use install it directly on your computer.But please don't use Googles Font CDN.You're right,they're evil,they track you and they shouldn't be used.
@idmyn Try using a native font stack, that way the user doesn’t have to download any fonts at all. There’s an article on CSS Tricks
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