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Avoiding Faux Weights And Styles With Google Web Fonts

By Laura Franz

If you're using Google Web Fonts on your websites, then there's a very good chance that 1 in 5 visitors are seeing faux bold and italic versions of your fonts — even if you correctly selected and used all of the weights and styles. That's because the implementation method recommended by Google Web Fonts doesn't work with Internet Explorer 7 or 8.

(As of 21 May 2012, StatCounter1 reports that Internet Explorer 7 or 8 was used for 19.4% of the 45 billion page views collected in February, March and April 2012.)

As an experienced print and Web typographer, I embrace and use the term “font” when talking about Web fonts; it's the term used in CSS syntax and by a myriad of Web font providers. ...

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