I'm wondering why we don't hear much about more use of variable fonts on the Web?
I don't mean people talking about what benefits variable fonts can offer for the Web. I mean hearing about sites that are choosing to incorporate variable fonts to take advantage of benefits in regard to performance, richer / responsive typography, text effects, etc.
Is it that use of variable fonts on Web sites is growing but that's just not getting talked about?
Or is it that there are things hindering adoption on the Web? And, if that's the case, what are those hindrances?
There's been support for variable fonts across browsers since 2018, and people like Jason Pamental and Mandy Michael have been promoting the benefits. But what might be hindering adoption?
- Not enough Web designers have heard about variable fonts?
- The benefits that have been talked about aren't compelling enough for Web designers/developers?
- Web designers have been hearing about it, but are leery of trying something still relatively new, or just haven't had opportunity to learn?
- Even small differences in CSS coding (e.g., specifying ranges in @font-face rules, like font-weight: 125 750) is too much of a learning curve?
- Limitations / issues in current CSS that hinder usefulness of variable fonts?
- Limitations in frameworks/tools (Wordpress, SASS, ...) that Web developers and Web content authors use?
- Costs of licensing variable fonts, or confusion around licensing of variable fonts?
- Not enough availability of variable fonts as Web fonts?