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In this fourth part of the series, I demonstrate how to work with the “i” option provided by the Google Font API. It can be used as a shorthand for the “italic” argument discussed in previous tutorials. The process is extremely straightforward, so you shouldn’t have major problems replicating it when developing your own web pages.

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By: Alejandro Gervasio
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June 22, 2010
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. · The Google Font API`s i Shorthand
  2. · Review: using the italic option with multiple font families
  3. · The Google Font API’s i shorthand
  4. · Binding the CSS styles to a web page’s markup

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The Google Font API`s i Shorthand - Binding the CSS styles to a web page’s markup
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If you wish to have a working example that shows the functionality of the “i” shorthand, below I defined another basic web page that includes the CSS styles coded in the preceding section. Here it is:

<!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 i option)</title>

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

</div>

</body>

</html>

 

Missionaccomplished. At this point, you've learned not only how to use the Google Font API to embed in a web page the italic style of a specific font family, but how to accomplish this task by means of its “i” shorthand. As I said before, querying the API using either the shorthand or the longer “italic” option is a matter of personal preferences, as both syntaxes yield exactly the same results.

So start working with the one that best fits your needs!  

Final thoughts

In this fourth part of the series, I demonstrated how to work the “i” option provided by the Google Font API, which can be used as a shorthand for the “italic” argument discussed in previous tutorials. The process was extremely straightforward, meaning that you shouldn’t have major problems replicating it during the development of your own web pages.

Google’s Font API comes with an additional query argument that will let you download only the bold version of a specified font family. This option is not surprisingly called “bold,” and in the upcoming article I’m going to take a close look at it, so you can learn how to put it to work for you.

Don’t miss the next tutorial!


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