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Working with the Google Font API`s bolditalic Argument


In this seventh part of the series, I demonstrate how to work with the “bolditalic” argument included with Google’s Font API. The use of the argument is very similar to its counterparts “italic” and “bold” discussed in previous articles, so understanding its underlying logic is truly a breeze.

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By: Alejandro Gervasio
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June 29, 2010
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
  1. · Working with the Google Font API`s bolditalic Argument
  2. · Review: the b shorthand
  3. · Using the bolditalic option
  4. · Seeing the bolditalic argument in action

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Working with the Google Font API`s bolditalic Argument - Seeing the bolditalic argument in action
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If you’re like me, then you probably want to see if the “bolditalic” argument provided by the Google Font API is really capable of downloading in one go the italicized and bold styles of a given font family. Below I coded another web page, which includes the CSS styles created in the previous section. Here’s how this sample page looks:

<!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 bolditalic option)</title>

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

Now you have at your disposal a functional example that shows how to use the “bolditalic” argument for decorating a few text-based HTML elements using a couple of commercial fonts. Even so, if you still have some doubts regarding the result gained through the pertinent argument, I suggest you give the above example a try on your own browser. Assuming that all works as expected, you should get an output similar to the one depicted by the following screen capture:

That looks pretty neat, doesn’t it? In this particular case, I decided to use the “bolditalic” option for styling only the H1, H2 and H3 headers of the previous web page, but naturally it’s possible to utilize it to define the visual presentation of other elements with the same ease. So, if you’re interested in using this option in more helpful and creative ways, feel free to use the previous code samples as a foundation and release your own inspiration. The possibilities are endless.   

Final thoughts

In this seventh installment of the series, I demonstrated with a simple example how to work with the “bolditalic” argument included with Google’s Font API. As you saw a moment ago, the use of the argument is very similar to its counterparts “italic” and “bold” discussed in previous articles, so understanding its underlying logic is truly a breeze.

It’s valid to note that, like its cousins “italic and “bold,” the “bolditalic” option has its own shorthand, not surprisingly called “bi.” Thus, in the next chapter of the series, I’m going to take a look at this additional shorthand, so you can learn how to put it to work for you.

Don’t miss the upcoming tutorial!


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