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by Derek Kessler Wed, 28 Mar 2012 9:16 pm EDT

The webOS Wish List: Browser CSS font support

As a website, on of our favorite advancements in web technology has been the adoption of server-stored CSS fonts. Here on webOS Nation, for example, we make liberal use of the ITC Lubalin Graph font family, designed by Herb Lubalin in 1973. It's a beautiful geometric font with slab serifs that works well at a variety of weights. It's no-nonsense, yet quirky at the same time.

But if you're the type that only visits webOS Nation on your webOS device, that's something you'd never know, as the current implementation of WebKit in all versions of webOS lacks support for fonts that aren't basic web fonts. If the browser doesn't recognize the font, you get Prelude, which while a beautiful font in its own right, doesn't do justice to the choices made by a growing crowd of design conscious websites. For an operating system that's built around web technologies, it's almost silly that webOS doesn't support something as simple as rendering text in a font stored on a server.

Have your own thoughts on this or any other webOS Wish List entry? You do, we get it. That's why we have the comments, it's your place to say how right - or how wrong - we are. And we have little doubt you have your own ideas as to what ought be on the webOS wish list, and so we've created a forum thread just for that - and an awesome discussion it has proven to be.

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Been waiting for this since June 09 for my name tag app...

All mobile devices have a lot to improve on. Specifically speaking about webOS devices, with its capabilities, I expected them to do much more than supporting web sites fonts. For example, manage fully documents editing and by fully I mean justify format, images, word art, graphics and other implementation/inclusion (they have better specs than older laptops that did of all this quite well) and much much more! I barely use my macbook any more, I have almost everything on my TouchPad but when it comes to document editing... .... .... disappointment. In fact, I wouldn't need my macbook at all!. Laptops (macbooks) are a thing of the past (for on_the_go work and traveling speaking) and manufacturers should know it by now. That´s why it's even harder to comprehend HP's decision to unplugged their mobile hardware developments (webOS or not -although surely I prefer webOS over anything out there-), maximally when they have a lot more hardware to work together with (wireless printers, laptops, pc's, servers, hard-drives, massive storage and much more). HP needs to realize that mobile technology is the way of the future and present (just see global sales and profits on this department by companies that have well executed their plans) and has to get onboard of the mobile industry if it doesn't want to disappear in the near feature.
LONG WILL LIVE WEBOS!!!

Dont care as long as the site renders and works properly.

If a webpage is not displayed as the author intended, fonts and all, has it really been rendered correctly?

Uhh, yes.

By design, the WWW was originally meant to disseminate content, not focus on presentation. The browser itself was allowed to chose how to render content.

It's a live medium, not a magazine. All of my browsers are configured to use my own fonts, and never the ones specified by the web site beyond 'sans' or 'serif' and sizes. As it should be.

Usability trumps an author's 'design'.

There is a difference between "allow the user to choose" and "being able to support".

Your argument is correct for those who want to configure things their way. However for those who don't, there remains the issue of supporting the author's intensions.

Also, while the WWW provides the ability to disseminate content, the markup languages came about, in part, to assist with presentation.

Uhh, originally the WWW didn't even support tables. We are not living in a Netscape (or Lynx) world anymore. The whole Internet exists as something that was not originally intended. It is living, and evolving and CSS are a major part of that evolution. If a brower woth default settimgs cannot display a webpage how an author intended it to be displayed then it is - by definition - not rendering it properly.

DEREK. MY WEBOS WISHLIST ITEM:

Photo app improvements!!
*Ability to view and edit picture filenames from within the app.
*Folder options (add, move, delete, rename, etc.)
*Image options (rotate, maybe crop & resize even)
*See picture properties (resolution, notes, date & time taken if available, etc.)

and I'm sure there are more others can add...

Also for the photo app (as well as the ones above):
*Ability to choose different image resolutions
*Exposure adjustment - the camera does this automatically, so just give the option for a manual slider instead.

Ahhh yes.... Good ol' Herb Lubalin and his zany fonts. Aka 'The Lube' as many knew him.

I agree with Derek. I'm sure had Palm and HP continued to nurture and baby webOS, it most certainly woulda been in place. Thanks again, Uncle Leo. *sad trombone*

Heck, I'd be happy if the webOS Natios web site didn't take 15 seconds just to process a comment submission.

OK, start counting...

my wish list is to include search function in SMS by words though its already there - by contacts ...and i really like it and use it very often...
OR ibest will be to show search results from SMS's also while searching something via ... Just Type....

my wish list among so many other things is to include search function in SMS by words though its already there - by contacts ...and i really like it and use it also ... often...
OR best will be to show search results from SMS's also while searching something via ... Just Type....as of now search results show from emails ...

I would Suggest going to...
http://www.fonts.com/font/itc/itc-lubalin-graph
And geting a legal version of
ITC Lubalin Graph font family
for web use.

The version you are currently using is a print otf or ttf converted using
http://www.fontsquirrel.com/tools/webfont-generator,

This is not legal....although it is a common practice...converting fonts from OTF or TTF to .woff, usually requires a license or at the vary least permission.

Thanks