Using custom fonts on a wiki

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Sometimes a wiki can benefit from the judicious use of a custom font. Generally speaking, custom fonts should be used sparingly. Using an overly flowery font for all the text on a given wiki can render it difficult to read. Care should be taken when using non-standard fonts to ensure that the wiki remains "easy on the eye".

Where should I use custom fonts?[edit | edit source]

There is no single rule for where these fonts can be used. A good rule of thumb is to use them sparingly, like in section headings or just the main page of the wiki. If the font is a clean, sans-serif type font, it can be used more broadly. If the font is very ornate, its use should be restricted to a small number of style elements where it can shine but not make reading the wiki difficult.

Which fonts can I use?[edit | edit source]

In general, the fonts listed in the Font manager special page are the fonts currently available for use on Gamepedia wikis. A few of the fonts listed there are licensed only for a single wiki. For example, the following three fonts are not free to use on any wiki, they are only available for use on the Official Minecraft Wiki:

  • minecraft.eot
  • minecraft.woff
  • minecraft.ttf

and the following two are only available for use on the Runemaster Wiki:

  • PR Viking.ttf
  • PR Viking Alternates.ttf

If you are unsure about using a particular font, contact your wiki manager (identified on the Community portal on your wiki) and ask.

The font I want to use is not listed in Font Manager[edit | edit source]

If the font you would like to use is not listed, it might be possible to add it and make it available via the Font Manager.

  • If the font has a 100% free use license, it can be added.
    • Provide the font installation file to your wiki manager who will then arrange to have it added to the Font Manager.
  • If the license simply says "Free for personal use", that is not sufficient to allow us to upload it. Gamepedia does not qualify as "personal use".

Google fonts[edit | edit source]

Google fonts do not need to be uploaded to Gamepedia to be used. To use a Google font on a wiki, follow these steps:

  1. Find the font page on https://fonts.google.com.
  2. Click the 'Select this font' option in the top right corner of the page. This will pop up a window at the bottom that says "1 Family Selected".
  3. Open that window and it will provide a link to that font. E.g. https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=Coda
  4. Open the link in your browser and CSS will be provided.
  5. Copy the CSS into the wiki's CSS page.

Examples[edit | edit source]

@font-face {
    font-family: 'Coda';
    font-style: normal;
    font-weight: 400;
    src: local('Coda Regular'), local('Coda-Regular'), url(https://fonts.gstatic.com/s/coda/v13/SLXHc1jY5nQ8FUUGaw.woff2) format('woff2');
}

Montserrat (Used on Gamepedia Help wiki)

@font-face {
  font-family: 'Montserrat';
  font-style: normal;
  font-weight: 400;
  src: local('Montserrat-Regular'), url("https://fonts.gstatic.com/s/montserrat/v5/zhcz-_WihjSQC0oHJ9TCYBsxEYwM7FgeyaSgU71cLG0.woff") format('woff');
}

@font-face {
  font-family: 'Montserrat';
  font-style: normal;
  font-weight: 700;
  src: local('Montserrat-Bold'), url("https://fonts.gstatic.com/s/montserrat/v5/IQHow_FEYlDC4Gzy_m8fcgFhaRv2pGgT5Kf0An0s4MM.woff") format('woff');
}