A List Apart


Topic: Typography & Web Fonts

  • The Trouble With EM ’n EN (and Other Shady Characters)


    More than you ever wanted to know about dashes, spaces, curly quotes, and other vagaries of online typography. HTML specs, grammatical rules, browser bugs and character encoding—it’s all here, in this famous and much-bookmarked ALA article.

  • CSS Design: Size Matters


    Everything you think you know about controlling text sizes on the web is either wrong, or else it doesn’t work. In this much-bookmarked ALA classic, UI designer and CSS Todd Fahrner provides a way out of the mess by showing how to make CSS font size keywords work – even in stubborn browsers that get CSS wrong.

  • Walking Backwards: Supporting Non-Western Languages on the Web


    And you think you?ve got problems. Try building web sites in a bi-directional language like Hebrew or Arabic. Israeli web developer Shoshannah L. Forbes discusses the mind-boggling hardships involved, and looks at what the latest browsers are doing about it.

  • A Dao of Web Design


    Web designers often bemoan the malleable nature of the web, which seems to defy our efforts at strict control over layout and typography. But maybe the problem is not the web. Maybe the problem is us. John Allsopp looks at web design through the prism of the Tao Te Ching, and decides that designers should let the web be the web.