A PERIOD OF BAD FONTERY ON THE INTERNET has come to an end, according to the part of Adobe that runs Typekit.
You might have noticed that some of your favourite sites have looked a little different over the past 24 hours. This is because a lot of websites rely on web font software called Typekit, and Typekit went down.
The story plays out, in limited form, on the Typekit status page, and sees the firm admitting to a problem, reporting on the problem, saying that it is sorry, and now finally, it is up.
All was gravy on 9 August, but the mood switched on the status page at 12.50am on 10 August when the firm announced that it was looking into a reported problem. Some 50 minutes later it returned to the page and said that the problem was related to a storage provider.
We're currently experiencing a degradation of the Typekit font network. We're looking into this now. Updates here: http://t.co/5o7MI4dgf7— Adobe Typekit (@typekit) August 10, 2015
The problem was finally resolved at 03:49am and Typekit said that anyone experiencing ongoing difficulties should contact its support people directly. It added, naturally, that it was sorry for what happened.
"The font network is up and functioning normally again," the firm said. "We're sorry for the outage and any inconvenience this may have caused."
Twitter was the scene of a running commentary on the problem, and many companies were asking when they would be able to put their regular faces back on and stop alarming their users.
Now would be a good time to switch to the async Typekit embed code and test your fallback fonts. http://t.co/cpEhx2a7M4 also, sorry :(— Bram Stein (@bram_stein) August 10, 2015
The word on the Twitter street is that a lot of the sites looked better in the different font, which is Arial, and that thousands of web pages were affected.
Typekit seems to have struggled with the problem, or at least its storage provider did, and announced advances and retreats in equal measure throughout the remediation work.
The storage provider fixed its end at around 3.15 am. After this Adobe Typekit began to bring its website, API and font network back online.
Adobe has been here before. The firm apologised last year after a number of online services, including the font fountain, were disrupted. µ
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