Having an easy-to-manage and robust solution for displaying unique typefaces online is one of our white whales. It's a constant pain to compromise a design by using an inappropriate typeface and it's just as irksome for visitors to not be able to copy and paste text.
The hunt began several months ago when Evan cracked open Typeface.js and started to overlay HTML proving the basic concept behind TypeSelect. Huzzah, the concept worked and the hunt was on and running at full-speed.
Over the next couple of weeks the project grew and changed. Several wrong turns and road blocks changed the direction and ultimately created a much better result.
Here are a few of the highlights, as to not bore you with all the gory details
It's not perfect. We understand this, but we've put a good deal of time and brain power into TypeSelect and now we want to see how others can help improve the technology.
This is why we are open sourcing the entire offering. We want others to be involved, make it better, and help TypeSelect solve a problem that has vexed most web professionals.
So, please visit TypeSelect.org. If you like what you see, help spread the word
If you're inspired by this project, let us know. We're looking for people who can help carry the torch and solve some riddles.
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