Webfont Service

How do I use the Small Caps?

Because web browsers do not support OpenType layout features, we built a system that generates font files on the fly and can apply OpenType features directly to the file. This enables us to support true small caps as well as various styles of numerals. You can control these advanced OpenType features via your online account.

This means that selecting the checkbox Small Caps will replace the standard lower case letters with true small capitals. You can turn the small caps on and off at any time, while keeping the same CSS code.

If you would like to combine Small Caps and regular lower case, you will need to create two separate webfont projects.

How do I use the CSS code?

We wrote a simple tutorial on how to implement the CSS code generated by the Web Font Service.

What is font subsetting?

Regular Typotheque fonts support over 100 languages and advanced typographic features such as small caps, different numeral styles, alternative characters and special symbols. Web browsers, however, can access only a small fraction of those characters. Removing these inaccessible features makes the files much smaller, so they download much quicker. Users can specify which languages to support.

Is this a one-time fee, or a subscription model?

You pay a one-time fee for the font licence. If you stay within the allocated bandwidth limit (500MB per font per month), there will be no further costs for you. Additional bandwidth costs €0.001 per megabyte, per month.

Do webfonts support OpenType features?

Unfortunately, web browsers do not support OpenType layout features (yet). But the Typotheque webfont system generates font files on the fly, and can apply OpenType features directly to the file in the process. This enables us to support true small caps as well as various styles of numerals. You can control these advanced OpenType features via your online account.

Don’t use the font-variant:small-caps; property in CSS, as this scales the characters mathematically, rather than using true small caps.

How much does bandwidth cost?

To ensure optimal file availability we use a global network of distributed servers. We allocate 500MB of free bandwidth per month per used font. For a typical font file size (approximately 20kB), that translates to 25,000 visitor views per month. Additional bandwidth costs €0.001 per megabyte. Users can monitor usage statistics, so they can know in advance how much they will be billed.

How do I use webfonts on HTTPS websites (SSL certificate)?

You can serve the webfonts also to secure websites using SSL certificates with https domain prefix. Log in to the Typotheque online account and go to the Webfonts section. There you can click the checkbox ‘Enable HTTPS’, which generates a different URL path for the CSS file. Please note that using HTTPS is a little slower than the normal webfonts serving method, so use if only when needed.

How many domains do you allow the font to be displayed on per licence?

There is no limit on the number of specified domains.

I am a web designer who used the fonts for a client’s site, but would now like to transfer the web project and all future charges to the client. Is that possible?

Yes, it is possible. Please contact us directly when you are ready to do so. Both users will have to have a Typotheque account and agree to the terms of the licence.

Font Subsetting

To make the webfont files as small as possible, we remove some inaccessible glyphs, and users can specify languages to support. Licensed fonts can use as many as 5 languages, trial licences work with a single language. You can also specify custom sets, and preview the glyph set directly. Besides the letters needed to render the specific languages, we add following glyphs automatically to every language: !"#$%&'()*+,-./0123456789:;<=>?@[\]_{|}†¢£§•®©™¥¿¡–—“”‘’¤‹›‰€«» ‹›

Extra bandwidth

When reaching the limit of free 500MB per month, you will receive an invoice at the end of the month for the bandwidth that go over the free limit. There is currently no way to pre-pay the bandwidth, you receive an invoice after exceeding the limit.

You will be asked to pay by a credit card for the first monthly payment, and future extra bandwidth payments will automatically charge your credit card.

Text renders in Caps only, what to do?

Typotheque webfont system offers a possibility to apply Small Caps replacing the standard lower case letters with true small capitals. Sometimes people accidentally turn this feature on, which results in seeing all capital text. You can turn the Small Caps on and off at any time directly in your Account > Webfonts. Because we use a large network of distributed servers, changing the settings take a few hours. In some cases it may take up to 24 to update all the servers and files.

Can I change the billing address for the monthly subscription?

Yes, you can change the billing details at any time. Log in to your Account, and go to My Webfonts. Click on the tab Users, and enter the email address of the new user. The new user must have a Typotheque account with this email address. The new user will receive an email and will need to confirm the change.

Webfont options

Typotheque offers three different ways of using fonts on the web. Hosted Webfonts is the simplest option, ready to use in minutes. Clients receive CSS code for using fonts online, and manage their project via Typotheque online account. Actual font files are hosted on a remote network of servers (CDN), and clients don't have direct access to the files. This removes the complexity of serving the right font formats to the right browser. With the hosted webfonts, clients receive 500MB of free font bandwidth per months. If the website exceeds this limit, clients will pay for the extra bandwidth. In our experience, 90% of websites never exceed the free allocated bandwidth limit. If you are not certain how much traffic your website generated, you can always use the Free Webfont trial licence to get some data about your website's font use.

Read more about Webfont service (and watch the demo video).

For larger website that prefer to control their own assets we offer another option - Self-hosting webfont licence. With this webfont licence, the client manages the assets and has a full control over the files. It requires some programming skills as the fonts files will be installed on your own server, following our instructions. You can choose from two implementation methods, either using PHP scripts, or HTTP referrer script. Both ways are safe and reliable, and prevent fonts from being copied casually. Our self-hosting webfonts come with different tiers, depending on the monthly page views. When you exceed the number of page views, you are expected to upgrade the licence accordingly.

Finally, for very large sites, we also offer Server Licence, which don't come with any page view limitations. Server license fee is one time cost, there are no additional monthly or yearly annual charges.

Do you cache fonts?

Typotheque font files remain in cache for one week, and CSS files are cached for 5 minutes. Practically speaking, this means that font data is loaded significantly faster, while changes in CSS can be still visible in 5 minutes. Returning visitors and visitors who visit multiple pages will experience faster loading times, as the fonts don’t need to be requested from the server, but are loaded from browser’s cache. This reduces webfont data transfer, so we don't count multiple page views, and page reloads, only count unique number of visitors.

Special characters

Typotheque Webfont Service supports all characters that our fonts support. Look up the particular font that you are interested in, and see all Glyphs that it support. For example, Fedra Sans Book supports over 2500 glyphs.

When creating webfont project in your account, select which languages you would like to support. You can choose as many languages as you like. Should you want to support just a specific glyph, enter it in the Custom field, so you are sure it is embedded in the webfont.

What is your average uptime for hosted webfonts?

In 2018, our combined CDN network averaged 99.91% uptime. You can see the live stats for the last week on our Pingdom page.

How many kb is your webfonts?

It depends. While the desktop font can be anything between 100 to 600kb, as Typotheque fonts include very extended language coverage, we subset webfonts. The number of supported languages increases the file size. A webfont with a couple of specified languages is usually just 10% of the original font’s size. If the file size is important to you, we suggest that you create a free webfont trial, to look at the specific font.

Some accented characters are missing in my text, how to fix it?

When you set up your webfont project, you are asked which languages you plan to use. We then include the necessary characters for the given languages. Sometimes it happens that foreign names or words need other character. If this happens, simply add the missing glyph to the Webfont. Login to your Typotheque online account, go to Webfonts, and click to Edit your webfont project. Create a Custom set with the missing characters.