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Using the Google Font API`s Italic Option with Multiple Fonts


In this third part of the series you will learn how to use the Google Font API for embedding into a web page the italicized versions of two different font families. The entire process is very simple, thanks to the flexibility offered by the API’s “italic” query string argument.

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By: Alejandro Gervasio
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June 21, 2010
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. · Using the Google Font API`s Italic Option with Multiple Fonts
  2. · Review: using the italic argument of the Google Font API
  3. · Using the italic option with multiple font families
  4. · Binding the CSS styles to an (X)HTML document

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Using the Google Font API`s Italic Option with Multiple Fonts - Review: using the italic argument of the Google Font API
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In case you still haven't looked at the previous installment of the series, where I explained how to decorate a few heading HTML elements by using the "italic" argument offered by the Google Font API, below I reintroduced the example developed in that tutorial. 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 italic option)</title>

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

I don't want to sound pedantic here, but as the example above depicts, using the "italic" argument is a no-brainer task that can be mastered in a snap. The whole process is reduced to querying the API with the keyword "italic" included after the name of the font that needs to be downloaded, and voila! The italic version of that font (when available) is sent to the browser. The previous example would be rather incomplete if I don't include an image that shows the results produced when this options is used with the H1 element of the earlier web page, so here's the appropriate screen shot:

   

That looks pretty neat, doesn't it? But as I mentioned in the introduction, the "italic" argument is so flexible that its use is not limited to a single font family. In reality, it can be used with multiple fonts simultaneously. To demonstrate how easy it is to accomplish this, in the following section I'm going to create another code sample that will display the heading elements and paragraphs of the previous web page in italic style.

Now, to learn how this will be done, click on the link below and keep reading.


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