Chris is putting together a series about the neglected building blocks of the web. First up; the much-abused hyperlink, the very foundation of the world wide web.
It is the most simple and most effective world-wide, open and free publishing mechanism. That it is why we need to protect them from extinction.
Brent Simmons follows up on that Dave Winer post with some future-friendly thoughts:
If I had to choose one or the other — if I had some crazy power but I had to wipe out either native apps or web apps — I’d wipe out native apps. (While somehow excluding browsers, text editors, outliners, web servers, and all those apps we need to make web apps.)
That’s not the case, though. Nothing has to get wiped out.
The great thing about the web is linking. I don’t care how ugly it looks and how pretty your app is, if I can’t link in and out of your world, it’s not even close to a replacement for the web. It would be as silly as saying that you don’t need oceans because you have a bathtub.
I really like this proposal to allow for more nuanced linking using CSS selectors in fragment identifiers (though I worry about the overloading of the # symbol in URLs).
Syntax for @font-face that’s more bulletproof than the techniques previously considered bulletproof …’till an even more bulletproof syntax comes along.
Lovely typographic showcases from Stan and friends.
The newest web fonts delivery service is a collaboration between five foundries: The Font Bureau, Ascender, Roger Black, Petr van Blokland and DevBridge.
Ascender is selling (and hosting) webfonts now.
Google-hosted free-as-in-beer webfonts.
Get a glimpse behind Fontdeck's curtain.
A store of fonts for sale, many of which have licenses that allow you to use them with @font-face.
Beautifully done with HTML5 and font linking.
Test cases for font-linking.
Steve Souders does the research and reveals the sad truth about the effect font-linking has on performance.
A quick, slick primer on font linking.
A good look at choosing fonts for font linking.
Getting font-linking to work in all browsers.
A good, clear-headed summation of font linking.
A great round-up on the current state of web typography following TypeCon 2009.
@font-face for all — Ted shows how to convert TTF files to EOT using the command line.
Another font-linking service is on the way.
A good description of how font linking works.
A great example of @font-face in action: comparing Graublau Sans Web with with Lucida Grande.
The slides from Richard's superb Skillswap presentation.