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Displaying Bold Text with the Google Font API`s b Shorthand


In this sixth part of the series, you will learn how to work with the “b” shorthand offered by the Google Font API, which can be used as a quick replacement for the “bold” option discussed in a previous part. The shorthand offers nothing especially difficult to grasp, so you shouldn’t have any problem using it when embedding bold fonts in your own (X)HTML documents.

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By: Alejandro Gervasio
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June 28, 2010
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. · Displaying Bold Text with the Google Font API`s b Shorthand
  2. · Review: the i shorthand
  3. · Introducing the b shorthand
  4. · Including the CSS styles in an (X)HTML document

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Displaying Bold Text with the Google Font API`s b Shorthand - Including the CSS styles in an (X)HTML document
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As you’ll surely agree, the best way to see how to work with the “b” shorthand discussed in the earlier section is by means of a concrete example. With that in mind, below I created one for you that includes the set of CSS styles defined previously. Look at it, please: 

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Strict//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-strict.dtd">

<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">

<head>

<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />

<title>Using the Google Font API (with the b option)</title>

<link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="http://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Cantarell:b|Nobile" />

<style type="text/css">

body {

    padding: 0;

    margin: 0;

    background: #fff;

    font: 1em Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;

    color: #000;

}

#wrapper {

    width: 960px;

    margin: 0 auto;

    background: #f4f4f4;

}

#header, #content, #footer {

    padding: 20px;

}

h1 {

    font: normal 46px 'Cantarell', Helvetica, sans-serif;

    color: #00f;  

}

h2 {

    font: normal 40px 'Cantarell', Helvetica, sans-serif;

    color: #ff8040;  

}

h3 {

    font: normal 32px 'Cantarell', Helvetica, sans-serif;

    color: #ff8040;

}

p {

    font: normal 14px 'Nobile', Helvetica, serif;

}

</style>

</head>

<body>

<div id="wrapper">

    <div id="header">

        <h1>Using the Google Font API</h1>

        <h2>Header section</h2>

        <p>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Suspendisse auctor commodo risus, et ultrices sapien vestibulum non. Maecenas scelerisque quam a nulla mattis tincidunt. Etiam massa libero, pharetra vel laoreet et, ultrices non leo. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Sed posuere ullamcorper lacus et sollicitudin. Morbi ultrices condimentum lacus, sit amet venenatis purus bibendum sit amet.</p>

    </div>

    <div id="content">

        <h2>Main content section</h2>

        <h3>Subheading section</h3>

        <p>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Suspendisse auctor commodo risus, et ultrices sapien vestibulum non. Maecenas scelerisque quam a nulla mattis tincidunt. Etiam massa libero, pharetra vel laoreet et, ultrices non leo. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Sed posuere ullamcorper lacus et sollicitudin. Morbi ultrices condimentum lacus, sit amet venenatis purus bibendum sit amet.</p>

    </div>

    <div id="footer">

        <h2>Footer section</h2>

        <p>Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Suspendisse auctor commodo risus, et ultrices sapien vestibulum non. Maecenas scelerisque quam a nulla mattis tincidunt. Etiam massa libero, pharetra vel laoreet et, ultrices non leo. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Sed posuere ullamcorper lacus et sollicitudin. Morbi ultrices condimentum lacus, sit amet venenatis purus bibendum sit amet.</p>

    </div>

</div>

</body>

</html>

Done. At this point, you have at your disposal a fully-functional example that shows in a nutshell how to use the “b” shorthand, which naturally can be tested and tweaked at will. However, before you do that, take a look at the following screen shot. It depicts the visual appearance of an H1 header, when styled with the aforementioned shorthand:

 

And with this example, I’m finishing this quick overview of using the “b” shorthand included with the Google Font API. As usual, feel free to edit all of the code samples shown in this tutorial; doing this will give you a more thorough background in working with this useful web service.    

Final thoughts

In this sixth installment of the series, you learned how to work with the “b” shorthand offered by the Google Font API, which as you saw a moment ago can be used as a quick replacement for the “bold” option discussed in previous chapters. Frankly speaking, the shorthand is not especially difficult to grasp, so you shouldn’t have major problems using it when embedding bold fonts in your own (X)HTML documents.

In the next episode, I’m going to explain how to use an extra parameter supplied by the Font API called “bolditalic” for downloading the italic and bold versions of a specified font family at the same time.

Don’t miss the next part!


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