Category Archives: typography

SSL and Google Fonts

My 9-5 involves building websites for retail customers. We often utilise some of Google’s fonts, but occaisionaly they weren’t rendering across all browsers and this was due to some SSL issues. Google fonts offer a couple of options for installing their fonts into your site, and after selecting at least one font, and we click the “use” option, we will be presented with:


Google Font embed options

There are some solutions out there on the web, but most document changing the link element href to https from http:

<link href=',700' rel='stylesheet' type='text/css' />

Firstly we couldn’t use the first option (we can’t add bespoke html code to the symfony generated code), so if we click to the @import option we see:

@import url(;

The @import doesn’t work for us here either, but if we copy the url into the address bar in the browser and hit enter, we get:

@font-face {
font-family: 'Open Sans';
font-style: normal;
font-weight: 400;
src: local('Open Sans'), local('OpenSans'), url( format('woff');

If we add this to our style sheet and remove the http: from the url, the browser will call the google font page in the applicable mode (http or https).

A little bit of wordpress

Tonight I did a little bit of theme development in wordpress. A long time ago, I looked into developing my own theme from scratch. I followed a tutorial on the web and whilst it gave me some knowledge of how to do bits and pieces, I never got round to developing my own.

Far more easier is to create a child theme from an existing one. At the time of writing, I’m using the 2012 theme, so I created a folder and named it twentytwelve-child and added a css file inventively named style.css. The important step in creating a child theme is to add the a reference to the original theme via “Template:”, and in the comment below you can see I’m referencing the twentytwelve theme, mavellous!

To adopt the original css file as the starting point, the @import rule is essential. If you do this you will have to think about how you overwrite the original rules, if that’s your intention.

I uploaded everything, checked it looked OK and kinda left it there, to watch Poirot, or Elemetary or something. When I got to work the next day, I had another quick look only to find out that haettenschweiler wasn’t loading. At first I thought this was because my work laptop didn’t have the font loaded. So off I went to have a look at loading fonts.

I had a swifty at Google Web Fonts, but when all the fonts rendered as a sans-serif, I decided something funny was going on that I didn’t much care about in work. But, my interest if typography had been piqued.

So back home, I chose two fonts from Google and dropped them into my new stylesheetwith a bit of text-shadow thrown in for the headings, you know the one I created for my child-theme, so now I have:

Now, I’m reading about eots, woffs, and ttfs. I think more fonty stuff will follow.