Caring about OpenType features: A new lesson on Typekit Practice
Please enjoy Caring about OpenType features, a new lesson on Typekit Practice. Many resources exist to explain what OpenType features are and how they work; this lesson is about why we care.
Why do OpenType features matter? I take three minutes in this video to explain a little:
For years, designers have wished for better OpenType feature support in applications — and solid educational materials. In addition to today’s Practice lesson, our community is working together to better expose OpenType features in Adobe applications, so that people not only have good tools but can realize the full potential of great typefaces.
To foster awareness, I’ve unofficially declared it #OpenTypeFeatures week on Twitter. Share your favorite OpenType feature-related resources.
If you’re just getting started, the best thing to do is read and ask questions. These resources explain the what, why, where, and how of OpenType features, so that using them is practical and approachable:
- Caring about OpenType features, our newest lesson on Typekit Practice, explains what the features do and why you might choose to use them
- The State of Web Type, by Typekit’s own Bram Stein, tracks where OpenType features are likely to perform best on the web
- Our guides, Using OpenType features in CSS & syntax guide, will show you how to enable OpenType features with CSS
Check out the lesson, experiment a little, and let us know how it goes. We learned a lot just by putting this lesson together, and we look forward to learning more with you.