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Definitive web font @font-face syntax

These days, whenever I’m about to use a web font on a new site I generally find myself running a google search for the latest “definitive @font-face syntax” that covers all modern browser/device needs.

For a long time I headed straight for Paul Irish’s Bulletproof @font-face Syntax but I noted a few years back that he’d stopped updating it.

When buying web fonts from type foundries such as Fontsmith the foundries do tend to provide their own guidelines. However, I’m not convinced that these are sufficiently cross-platform compatible.

Recently I’ve been reading Flexible Typesetting by Tim Brown and in it he recommends Webfont Handbook by Bram Stein. That’s now next on my reading list, however in the meantime I found an excerpt on A List Apart which specifically covers the best modern @font-face syntax.

Based on Stein’s advice, here’s what I’m now using.

@font-face {
font-family: Elena;
src: url(elena.woff2) format("woff2"),
url(elena.woff) format("woff"),
url(elena.otf) format("opentype");
}

Soon, when all browsers support the woff format we’ll be able to reduce this to simply:

@font-face {
font-family: Elena;
src: url(elena.woff2) format("woff2"),
url(elena.woff) format("woff");
}
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