OpenType features are more than just fancy swashes, they’re the superpowers of fonts! The best typefaces are full of sophisticated reasoning and little surprises — things that are often integral to the design of the typeface itself, or that help it work better for specific typesetting tasks. Being a graphic design student, I can appreciate the nuances of ligatures and old style numbers, and have always struggled to bring these same features from print over to the web.
I know this isn’t directly related to web design, but rather, this is about the most important part of a website — content. I find it hard to decide on what style I want to use for my article headlines. On the one hand, many sites are using Chicago Manual of Styletype headlines — a headline where the first letter of every word, except for articles like of, in, and, with, for, etc., are capitalized. But on the other hand, having worked at a newspaper that used AP style, I am partial to AP Style Guide type headlines, where only the initial word in the headline, and any proper nouns, are capitalized. I’ve been pretty inconsistent so far, but I want to stick with one style, and maybe even retroactively correct older articles.
I want to hear from you. Which style do you think works better? First, let’s look at a test headline in Chicago style:
Cool Drop Shadows with CSS
Here’s the same headline in AP style:
Cool drop shadows with CSS
Let me know what you think in the comments section below!