Let’s say you have your heart set on a specific font your website…
Only one problem… it is not a web-safe font like Arial, Helvetica or Lucida Sans. Well you have a couple options depending on your situation and hopefully these notes and links can send you in the right direction.
If you only plan on using your font only a couple times on your site (e.g. logo or navigation), you will want to use image replacement. There are few ways of accomplishing this, each has it’s benefits and setbacks:
The last method is by far the most rugged option of the three because it works well with screen readers and works if images are turned off. The only issues is that if your image is transparent or slow to load, your trickery will be uncovered.
Now if you plan on using the font multiple times on a dynamic site, things get a little trickier. The two big options in this area are:
Fonts play a huge role in your brand and special care should be taken to ensure their integrity stays intact. If you do end up needing to replace the font, choose a method that works for your situation. Don’t go crazy and overkill.