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Google Font API: Using the Bi Shorthand


In this penultimate part of the series, I take a detailed look at the “bi” shorthand included with the Google Font API. It can be used as a replacement for the “bolditalic” option covered in a previous article. Since the function of the suffix “bi” is nothing but to query the API using a shorter and more compact syntax, its implementation should be extremely straightforward.

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By: Alejandro Gervasio
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July 06, 2010
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. · Google Font API: Using the Bi Shorthand
  2. · Review: the bolditalic argument
  3. · Introducing the bi shorthand
  4. · Including the CSS styles in an (X)HTML document

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Google Font API: Using the Bi Shorthand - Including the CSS styles in an (X)HTML document
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In consonance with the concepts deployed in the earlier segment, it’s necessary to bind the set of CSS styles defined previously to the markup of a web page. This will let you see for yourself the real functionality of the "bi" shorthand when it's used with a single font family. That’s exactly what the following code sample does, so pay close attention to it:

<!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 bi option)</title>

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

That was easy to code and read, wasn’t it? In this case, the “bi” option has been used with a single font family for the sake of brevity. But there’s no need to feel disappointed, because the Font API will let you use it with multiple fonts as well. When doing this, make sure you append the corresponding suffix to each requested font, and everything will work like a charm.

So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and start using this option in more useful and creative ways. The experience will be educational, take my word for it.  

Final thoughts

That’s all for the moment. In this penultimate episode of the series, I took a detailed look at the "bi" shorthand included with the Google Font API, which as you just saw, can be used as a replacement for the “bolditalic” option covered in a previous article. Since the function of the suffix “bi” is only to query the API using a shorter and more compact syntax, its implementation in all cases should be extremely straightforward.

Having already discussed the most relevant options provided by Google’s Font API, it seems that there’s nothing left to say about it. Well, that’s not entirely true; the API allows you to use the bold style of a given font family by using a numeric notation also. This process is pretty similar to working with the “font-weight” CSS property. Therefore, in the last part of the series I’m going to explain how to use this option, as always through some approachable examples.

Don’t miss the final part!


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