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  1. Hello! My blog is http://www.moderncommonplacebook.com.

    I am using the Forever Theme, and want to customize it pretty extensively. But, before I do, I want to make sure that this theme can do what I want it to do. Otherwise, I will change themes.

    One, I would like my post headers to be in a handwritten cursive. No font like this is included in the Custom fonts. Is there a way I can add fonts, or am I limited to what is supplied by Custom Design?

    Two, I would like to change the font in my toolbar/menu. I like this menu right below my header, but want it also to be the same handwritten-like cursive. Is it possible to change this font at all?

    Three, I would like maybe to add a menu/toolbar above the header. Is this possible at all, or am I limited to one menu?

    Thank you! I appreciate all the help and support.

    Ginny
    http://www.moderncommonplacebook.com

    The blog I need help with is moderncommonplacebook.com.

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  3. Please read while waiting:
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/#custom-fonts
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/custom-design/#frequently-asked-questions

    There are many common errors, misunderstandings and misconceptions when creating custom menus and you can read about them here. > http://wpbtips.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/custom-menus/

  4. I would like my post headers to be in a handwritten cursive. No font like this is included in the Custom fonts. Is there a way I can add fonts, or am I limited to what is supplied by Custom Design?

    You can add additional fonts using Typekit if you purchase a Typekit account and use the advanced font mode in Custom Design.

  5. I would like to change the font in my toolbar/menu. I like this menu right below my header, but want it also to be the same handwritten-like cursive. Is it possible to change this font at all?

    Yes, if you were to load a cursive font using Typekit, then you could use custom CSS to apply that font to the menu.

  6. I would like maybe to add a menu/toolbar above the header. Is this possible at all, or am I limited to one menu?

    There is not a way to add dynamic content using CSS only, but what you can do in most cases like this would be to add the content to a sidebar area and then move it and style it with custom CSS. So I think it's doable.

  7. As I understand it, Typekit provides a mechanism for guaranteeing that the reader's browser will have available the fonts that I specify for blog title, headings and text. Presumably post/page titles as well. Right?

    Suppose I want a particular page to have a different typography. I can do that with CSS, but that is limited by whether or not the user has the font installed. Can the Typekit mechanism be extended to provides fonts for particular pages?

  8. thistimethisspace
    Member

    You may not like the fonts supplied your wordpress.com theme or by typekit fonts but it’s important to know that regardless which fonts you may wish to choose to jazz up your blog with, your browser and your visitors’ browsers can only use the fonts installed in the same computer. Obviously not every visitor to your blog will have the same fonts installed in their computers as you do on yours, so you can immediately see that problems will arise unless you choose to use common fonts.

  9. Can the Typekit mechanism be extended to provides fonts for particular pages?

    Yep.

    it’s important to know that regardless which fonts you may wish to choose to jazz up your blog with, your browser and your visitors’ browsers can only use the fonts installed in the same computer.

    This is true if you just list the fonts in a font stack in the "font-family" property in CSS, but if you load a font into the browser (that's what Typekit does) then the font will load regardless of whether the font exists on the user's computer.

  10. Thanks, designsimply, Happiness Engineer. You have succeeded, I am happy. :D

  11. Thank you thistimethisspace. Yes I am aware that with HTML generally, one is best advised to stick to the common fonts, and the common sequence of substitutes, right down to serif or sans serif.

    Typekit gets around this by establishing a licensed protocol with, well, typekit, which can be specified in the HTML, so that the browser can download the required fonts. It's still not 100%, since the browser may not implement the protocol, in which case it will be ignored, and the normal hierarchy of fonts will prevail.

    My problem, if you can call it that, is that I believe certain typographies are best for some kinds of writing, and other typographies for others. For example, a story with lots of dialog might be best served with, say, a serif font, reasonably tight line spacing, indented paragraphs, no inter-paragraph space, and maybe even a justified right edge--as we see in books and kindles. Essays, poems, art commentary, and blog posts may each demand different typographies. Editkit has clearly solved the general problem as well as it can be solved, and I'm just pleased that it also allows us to specify typography for individual pages.

  12. THANK you all! This has answered all my questions. I did purchase the custom design option, and am very pleased with it. I am understanding CSS more now, and downloaded a font into typekit. I was actually wondering the same question about fonts not being compatible with various browsers, so thank you for answering that. This forum has proved to be invaluable!

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