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HTML5 session from Google IO showcasing the Google Font API

The video from the “Developing With HTML5” session at Google IO is finally online. Check out t the CSS3 demo at 27:30 to see the Font API in action.


All about webfonts

Since we released the Google font directory last wednesday the response has be nothing short of amazing. Twitter was going crazy and everyone from CNN to Mr. Zeldman himself have reported about it.

What’s especially great to see is that people are already using it on their websites and what’s more, creating plugins and howtos about it. These are just a few:

And if you’re not a reading person and would rather sit back and watch a video about the font directory you can do that as well:


Google webfonts

I’ve been very excited about webfonts for a while. I genuinely think they will change design on the web quite considerably. So when I started to work for Google in January I pretty soon joined the team working on webfonts with my 20% time.

And today I’m really, really happy to see the Google Font API and Google Font Directory being launched during Google IO. The API let’s you embed free open source fonts directly from the Google servers by adding one line of code to the html header of your page.

You can find all the fonts that you can use in the font directory . We hope that this will improve the the state of typography on the web by giving developers and designers a set of free quality fonts. There’s even a javascript library that was developed together with typekit.

I consider myself very lucky to be able to work on a great project like this with an absolutely awesome team. And we’ll continue to work on improving the font directory even further for you.


screenshot of the googlw font directory


Scribd on the switch to html5

“Scribd:”http://www.scribd.com/ is a service for sharing and colaborating on documents online. And they have just switched the technology used for displaying documents online from Flash to open standards like html5 and webfonts.

On their website they’re explaining the reasons for switching with a presentation that’s worth mentioning. It sums up why open standards and the use of webfonts are important.

Read the presentation here: http://www.scribd.com/documents/30964170/Scribd-in-HTML5

screenshot of the presentation

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