Okay I’ve done 2 minor changes again to my Minima|eesm theme — font embedding and scroll follow.
I will explain in detail because I thought those interested in web design and development might want to know more.
I dodge sIFR and go for CSS font embedding instead.
Initially, I’m willing to give up any usability issues just to get the beautiful headings displayed in Helvetica Neue Thin. I have had enough of web safe fonts already.
I had to use sIFR to replace the headings with flash because I can’t embed Helvetica Neue due to copyright issue.
However, the solution was far from perfect due to,
- You can’t right click on the headings to bring out the context menu
- You can’t middle click on the headings to open the link in a new tab or windows
- iPhone doesn’t support flash
Those are the prices I have to pay just to get beautiful headings. Not much options I have.
Vegur is a really beautiful and high-quality font designed by a Japanese designer goes by the name Arro. And the best part is it’s free!
Vegur Light looks somehow similar to Helvetica Neue Thin and I think most people won’t even notice I’ve changed it if I don’t mention it here. I embeded the font with CSS and all the issues I mentioned above solved.
One drawback is that older browsers do not support CSS font embedding (see @font-face browser support). Besides, Internet Explorer doesn’t support TrueType or OpenType fonts.
But I think I can live with that considering most of my blog readers are intelligent enough to stay away from Internet Explorer and upgrade their browsers frequently (I think).
Besides font embedding, I changed the scroll follow as well.
So yes, I heard you. Scroll follow is annoying. Well, I kind of expected that.
Initially I already planned to include a button that says “Stop following me will ya?” but I didn’t do that because I want to make it easy for people to comment.
After considering all the feedback I got, I try to disable the animation as suggested by Kevin but there’s just no easy way to achieve the effect I wanted.
I was searching Google up and down but without much luck because it seems like no one is actually doing this.
After all these changes, I think I’m more or less happy with the theme already. I can finally concentrate on writing all the pending posts.
Not forgetting to thank those who took their time to comment and feedback on the previous post.