Typekit adds experimental support for IE9

We’ve rolled out support for Typekit fonts on IE9; republish your kits to see the difference. Since IE9 is not yet mature, this support remains experimental; but we are continuing to work on it and are very excited about the direction it’s heading.

What’s new in IE9? First, IE9 now fully supports the WOFF font format, which is rapidly becoming a W3C standard. And it permits linking to all variations within a font family, as opposed to previous support for only four fonts per family. Perhaps the most exciting development is that IE9 has dramatically improved the quality of its screen rendering. See for yourself:

Skolar rendering comparison: IE8 on the left, IE9 on the right

Skolar rendering comparison: IE8 on the left, IE9 on the right

With all of these improvements, we encourage you to republish your kits and review your sites in IE9 so that you can be ready when IE9 is released.

It’s important to note that your site must render in documentMode 9 in order to take advantage of the new features included with IE9 (that includes all new features in IE9, not only the ones related to web fonts). If you haven’t heard of documentMode before, Microsoft has put together a guide which explains what it is and how you can use it on your site. Overall, we think this is a big step forward and will continue to work closely with the IE9 team to ensure that support for Typekit on IE9 is first class.

12 Responses

  1. Can IE9 do ligatures? Skolar has a much better ‘fi’ pair then what’s shown above.

    1. Mandy Brown says:

      Nope, no ligature support yet. Seeing the f crash into the i kills me, too.

  2. Robert says:


    Upgrading your kit will disable support for Mac OSX 10.4 and now I’m in a very tough spot with my clients!

    From support:

    > Hi Robert,
    > We recently pushed a change to our code such that fonts are no
    > longer served to 10.4. When you republished your kit, you received
    > the new code; the change had nothing to do with your upgrade. The
    > code being served on typekit.com is not currently synched with the
    > code being used to serve the kits, which is why you can still see
    > fonts there; but that is a temporary anomaly.
    > We have had a few other requests and are considering if re-enabling
    > support for 10.4 is possible. As I know more, I will let you know.
    > Regards,
    > Mandy

    1. Mandy Brown says:

      We have now re-enabled support for 10.4; please republish your kits to get the update. Our apologies for the inconvenience this has caused.

    2. Paul says:

      Robert, I was in the middle of writing a response in support to your comment. I ran into the same issue last night. I got this update from Mandy via email… like 5 mins ago…

      Hi Paul,

      Good news! Our developers just pushed a fix that re-enables support for 10.4. We’ve checked things out on our end and it’s working splendidly. Please republish your kits to get the fix, and let me know if you need anything else. Again, my sincere apologies for the inconvenience.



  3. Paul says:

    Yeah, republished my kit and fonts are working as intended. Thanks again for listening everyone, and big props to Mandy for handling the feedback well.

    Please please please, in the future do a better job of letting us know when you’re planning on doing stuff like this.

    As design professionals our livelihoods depend on keeping our clients happy, if you guys want to blaze the trail in online typography we want to support you.

    BUT you HAVE to let us know we can trust you to blaze it and not have us looking like dumbasses when stuff breaks!

  4. Robert says:

    Yes. Kudos Mandy for getting our fonts back online so quickly. I’m really looking forward to that long weekend now!

  5. After republished my kits, Typekit fonts do not load up anymore on Internet Explorer. I’m using the JavaScript webfont loader. The IE version that I’ve tested so far are IE7, IE8, and IE9 test drive. Does anyone else have similar issue after republishing the kits?

    1. Mandy Brown says:

      I’m sorry you’ve had trouble; drop a line to support@typekit.com and we’ll look into it.

  6. vinay says:

    hope its surely developed and designer friendly……………….

  7. Tobias says:

    After updating, my site now looks like crap in Firefox 3.6.9, where it used to look not perfect but better than-ok. Looks super in IE9, though. Still the same (great) in Safari. Using Win7.

    1. Mandy Brown says:

      Hi Tobias,

      I’m sorry; email support@typekit.com and we can look into the problems with FF 3.6.9.

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