Web Fonts update: FontsLive.com enhanced with WebFont Loader option

We are pleased to announce that Ascender has enhanced its web font service available on FontsLive.com to offer advanced features to its customers for controlling how web fonts are loaded into web pages.

Starting today, Ascender’s customers at FontsLive can use the WebFont Loader, a JavaScript library co-developed by Google and Typekit that provides a variety of options for web developers to control the web font loading experience. This allows developers to establish a more consistent occurrence across browsers and tap additional features related to the process of downloading and displaying fonts on a web page.

Ascender's FontsLive service offers hundreds of premium quality fonts from leading type designers and foundries for license as web fonts (and also as downloads for designers to use on their workstations). FontsLive makes it simple and fast for web designers and developers to implement web fonts by adding a single line of code to web pages.

The WebFont Loader JavaScript library is being made available as an optional feature for developers to access via their FontsLive account.

“The WebFont Loader provides more control over how web fonts are downloaded and displayed on web pages” said Tomas Kirda, Chief Technology Officer with DevBridge, Ascender’s web development partner. “The Ascender module for the WebFont Loader will be a welcome addition for our more advanced customers who are comfortable with JavaScript and want more powerful tools with their hosted or self-hosted web font accounts” he added.

Here is an example of the standard code a FontsLive customer would add to their web pages to access their web fonts:

Instead of using the above CSS link, to access the Ascender module with the WebFont Loader JavaScript Library, the following sample code would be used:

As an alternative, FontsLive customers already using Google's AJAX APIs would call the WebFont Loader as follows:
The controls for accessing the WebFonts Loader are available to FontsLive customer in their account management area. The JavaScript code is dynamically generated based on the web fonts selected for a particular website project in a user's account.

FontsLive offers a free 30 day trial for customers to see how powerful web fonts are as a way to enhance the typography of web sites. Users can experiment with the standard FontsLive code, or accessing the WebFont Loader. For more information visit http://www.FontsLive.com