Colophon / About the Site

This site is written in HTML 5 with Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), and makes every effort to adhere to current web standards. The html for this site should pass the W3C’s test for valid HTML5 markup.

This site utilizes several CSS3-specific modules that, as of this writing (October 2011) are part of the W3C’s current “proposed recommendation” and are supported by most modern web browsers, but are not yet part of the official W3C standard. We have chosen to use these particular rules to enhance the site’s usability and aesthetics, while serving as an example of how progressive enhancement techniques can be used to provide a better experience for those using modern web browsers while still providing a satisfactory experience for those using older ones (graceful degradation). The CSS3 Progress Report outlines the current status of all the CSS3 modules.

Other technical info: this site is fueled by PHP and MySQL, and runs on an Apache web server. We uses the jQuery javascript library for much of the advanced behavior on the site, but have taken care to see that the site is still accessible and usable without javascript enabled.

The site was hand-coded by Dave Kobrenski, in partnership with BBM Designs, using Coda on a Mac.

About the Fonts Used on this Site

The RLMG web site takes advantage of the growing support amongst modern web browsers for the CSS font-face rule, which enables designers to use the fonts of their choice, and not be limited to the so-called “web-safe” fonts that are typically present and available on the end user’s machine. The font-face rule, first proposed as part of the CSS 2 specifications, are now a part of the current CSS 3 specs. As browser support for CSS3 becomes more reliable, new doors are being opened regarding typography on the web. Users who visit the site with older browser versions without support for the font-face rule will see acceptable, alternative fonts; thus, the method degrades gracefully.

The RLMG site uses the following fonts on this site:

Din Text Pro

How quickly daft

jumping zebras vex.

A very bad quack

might jinx zippy fowls.

The jay, pig, fox, zebra,

and my wolves quack.

Din Text Pro / DIN 1451 (Parachute)

In 1936 the German Standards committee Deutsches Institut Normung (DIN) proposed DIN 1451 as the standard type of lettering to be used in the field of road traffic. The purpose of this standard was to lay down a style of lettering which is timeless and easily legible. This font has been revised by the committee over the years several times but only in two basic style.

The Din Text series was based on the original standards but was completely redesigned to fit typographic requirements. It has lowercase ascenders that are higher than the capitals, varying letter proportions and italics that are not a mechanically-obliqued version of the regular weights, but rather true designed italics.

CSS3 @font-face web fonts provided / licensed by Font Deck.

Handbook

How quickly daft

jumping zebras vex.

A very bad quack

might jinx zippy fowls.

The jay, pig, fox, zebra,

and my wolves quack.

Handbook Pro (Parachute)

The Handbook Pro font “is the result of an attempt to modernize DIN, by introducing round smooth corners and distinct design elements to several characters like ‘a, g, k, m’, without compromising legibility. In order to retain its sharpness, inner corners as well as junction points were left steep. This is a balanced typeface which works very well in long texts at small point sizes.”

CSS3 @font-face web fonts provided / licensed by Font Deck.

PT Sans Latin

How quickly daft

jumping zebras vex.

A very bad quack

might jinx zippy fowls.

The jay, pig, fox, zebra,

and my wolves quack.

PT Sans (ParaType)

PT Sans family was developed as a part of the project “Public Types of Russian Federation” and was dedicated to 300-year anniversary of the civil type invented by Peter the Great in 1708–1710 years. PT Sans is based on Russian sans serif types of the second part of the XX century, but at the same time has a very distinctive features of modern humanistic design.

CSS3 @font-face web fonts provided / licensed by Font Deck.

PT Serif

How quickly daft

jumping zebras vex.

A very bad quack

might jinx zippy fowls.

The jay, pig, fox, zebra,

and my wolves quack.

PT Serif (ParaType)

PT Serif is a transitional serif face with humanistic terminals designed for use together with “PT Sans”/typeface/ptsans and harmonized with PT Sans on metrics, proportions, weights and design.

CSS3 @font-face web fonts provided / licensed by Font Deck.