CSS3 @font-face Rule


Example

Specify a font named "myFirstFont", and specify the URL where it can be found:

@font-face {
    font-family: myFirstFont;
    src: url(sansation_light.woff);
}

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More "Try it Yourself" examples below.


Definition and Usage

With the @font-face rule, web designers do no longer have to use one of the "web-safe" fonts.

In the new @font-face rule you must first define a name for the font (e.g. myFirstFont), and then point to the font file.

Tip: Use lowercase letters for the font URL. Uppercase letters can give unexpected results in IE!

To use the font for an HTML element, refer to the name of the font (myFirstFont) through the font-family property:

div {
    font-family: myFirstFont;
}

Browser Support

The @font-face rule is supported in Internet Explorer, Firefox, Opera, Chrome, and Safari.

The numbers in the table specifies the first browser version that fully supports the font format.

Font format
TTF/OTF 9.0* 4.0 3.5 3.1 10.0
WOFF 9.0 5.0 3.6 5.1 11.1
WOFF2 Not supported 36.0 35.0* Not supported 26.0
SVG Not supported 4.0 Not supported 3.2 9.0
EOT 6.0 Not supported Not supported Not supported Not supported

*IE: The font format only works when set to be "installable".

*Firefox: Disabled by default, but can be enabled (need to set a flag to "true" to use WOFF2).


Syntax

@font-face {
    font-properties
}

Font descriptor Values Description
font-family name Required. Defines the name of the font.
src URL Required. Defines the URL(s) where the font should be downloaded from
font-stretch normal
condensed
ultra-condensed
extra-condensed
semi-condensed
expanded
semi-expanded
extra-expanded
ultra-expanded
Optional. Defines how the font should be stretched. Default value is "normal"
font-style normal
italic
oblique
Optional. Defines how the font should be styled. Default value is "normal"
font-weight normal
bold
100
200
300
400
500
600
700
800
900
Optional. Defines the boldness of the font. Default value is "normal"
unicode-range unicode-range Optional. Defines the range of unicode characters the font supports. Default value is "U+0-10FFFF"

Examples

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Example

You must add another @font-face rule containing descriptors for bold text:

@font-face {
    font-family: myFirstFont;
    src: url(sansation_bold.woff);
    font-weight: bold;
}

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The file "sansation_bold.woff" is another font file, that contains the bold characters for the Sansation font.

Browsers will use this whenever a piece of text with the font-family "myFirstFont" should render as bold.

This way you can have many @font-face rules for the same font.


Related Pages

CSS3 tutorial: CSS3 Fonts



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