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Free online tool shows you what your fonts can do

We've all become used to having decent type online these days thanks to web fonts (opens in new tab), but if you're a web designer without a background in typography, you might be unaware of some of the lesser-known features of your fonts that can really help bring your website layout (opens in new tab) to life.

Now, though, there's a free tool online that makes it easy to unlock your fonts' full potential. It's called Wakamai Fondue (opens in new tab) and it's designed to answer the question, 'What can my font do?' Geddit?

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It's the work of Dutch developer Roel Nieskens (opens in new tab), and it's incredibly simple to use. Simply go to the the Wakamai Fondue site, drag a font onto its big circle (or just click the circle to upload a font instead), and it'll tell you all about the font's features that you probably didn't know about.

So, if your favourite font has a whole load of extra glyphs, ornaments and ligatures that you weren't aware of, this is the perfect way to find out about them. And more than that, Wakamai Fondue helps you use all these features online.

How well do you really know your fonts?

How well do you really know your fonts?

As well as a summary of the font's details, its features and character set, Wakamai Fondue also provides you with all the CSS you'll need to take advantage of your font's features in your web projects. 

Simply download the auto-generated stylesheet and you'll be able to unlock a load of layout features that you might not have realised existed.

Wakamai Fondue reveals your fonts' hidden features and gives you the CSS to use them

Wakamai Fondue reveals your fonts' hidden features and gives you the CSS to use them

It's the perfect way to help pump up your web designs with extra print design flair, and used wisely, these extra features will make your pages not only easier on the eye, but more readable, too. Combine your newly found font features with the wisdom in these typography tutorials (opens in new tab) and you'll soon be able to take your web layouts to the next level.

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Jim McCauley
Jim McCauley

Jim McCauley is a writer, performer and cat-wrangler who started writing professionally way back in 1995 on PC Format magazine, and has been covering technology-related subjects ever since, whether it's hardware, software or videogames. A chance call in 2005 led to Jim taking charge of Computer Arts' website and developing an interest in the world of graphic design, and eventually led to a move over to the freshly-launched Creative Bloq in 2012. Jim now works as a freelance writer for sites including Creative Bloq, T3 and PetsRadar, specialising in design, technology, wellness and cats, while doing the occasional pantomime and street performance in Bath and designing posters for a local drama group on the side.